No I in team: Garcia praises entire squad for united performance

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Following a five-game winless streak, Perth Glory head coach Richard Garcia commended his squad on the solidarity behind their 2-1 win against the Newcastle Jets at HBF Park last night.

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The win came after a suspenseful draw to Sydney FC earlier in the week and sees the team jump three positions up the ladder to seventh.

Garcia emphasised the importance of a whole team effort in contributing to the win.

“The whole team was fantastic tonight with their defensive effort, Bruno [Fornaroli] was coming back and stealing balls and holding the ball up really well and Diego [Castro] was getting back,” he said.

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He praised the squad for dominating the ball on both sides of the field, a goal they had been working towards since the clash with the Sky Blues saw them fall heavily behind the ball.

“We just want to get that balance right where we don’t attack without defending and we don’t want to always just defend either, we want to get that balance right where we can control the game with or without the ball,” he said.

Should the team maintain this balance, their dominating performance may see them climb the ladder even further, to finally find their feet as a complete unit.

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Garcia admitted the win would help drive the team going forward, particularly after the dry run.

“Sometimes when things aren’t going your way you tend to look deeper within yourself and within each other and I think that’s what the group did this week and it’s fantastic that they got the reward they deserved at the end of the week,” he said.

Now having that winning momentum leading into the next round, Garcia said it was a good morale boost to help the side recognise their own talent.

“I think it was probably a good night to realise what they are capable of and that they are always more capable then they give themselves credit for, so you know that was fantastic that they really dug deep and worked as a team tonight,” he said.

Perth will face newcomers MacArthur FC this Friday, a season first with both sides looking to maintain their winning streaks.

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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