Back foot battilion still on track

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Despite a 1-1 draw with Sydney FC, Perth Glory head coach Richard Garcia believed his squad were in command on the park.

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While the Sky Blues dominated possession on the night, Garcia assured his team were still in control of the game.

“I don’t see it as a back foot I see it as controlling the game without the ball. I think we worked well, and we were nice and compact, and we didn’t really give much away, you know there were chances here and there, but it was the same at the other end,” he said.

“It was a little bit more structured, I thought, our defensive effort today and you could tell that the players really had that in their mind which was pleasing.”

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Now halfway through the season, the coach trusts the quality of his side and said it was all about unification moving forward, something which began to show its face last night.

“That desire to not concede, that desire to work hard as a team and make sure we don’t give easy goals to the opposition,” he said.

“We know that we’ve got the quality going forward … we’ve got players that can score goals quite easily so now it’s about making sure that we attack as a team and defend as a team.”

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Goalkeeper Liam Reddy was a contributor to the end result, keeping out 12 chances by the Sky Blues.

Garcia praised him for his efforts.

“Liam was outstanding tonight. He made some crucial saves and crucial times and showed his experience and his leadership,” he said.

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The performance was crucial for Reddy, who is still climbing back up the ranks from a disrupted off-season, as Garcia said the competition had helped push him.

“I made it clear from the start of the season that I wanted Tando [Velaphi] and Liam to fight it out and they’ve both done excellent with that there’s real competition in that position which is fantastic,” he said

“Now he is sort of finding his form and finding his feet you know it’s great. It’s great to have two goalkeepers who are really fighting for that first team spot.”

Glory will stay at home this week, facing the Newcastle Jets at HBF Park on Saturday night.

Feature Image Credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season

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