Glory’s late season surge a testament to their growth: Garcia

-

Perth Glory are well on the road to finals, sealing their fourth straight victory in an 86th minute goal during a nail-biting match against Adelaide United

The match saw the Reds up 1-0 at half time on Wednesday night, but wise words from Richard Garcia had the home side come out rearing. Glory soon scored an equaliser followed by another to put them ahead 2-1 in the final moments of the game.

Embed from Getty Images

 

Garcia said the game was an example of the side’s growth from earlier this season, where they may have conceded more points, but was proud of how far they had come.

“Very pleased for the group that they dug in and showed fantastic resilience to come back and to win in the end is just a testament to them and their togetherness,” he said.

“That’s the biggest thing that we’ve been telling the players, that everyone is necessary and that we win together as a squad. That is the biggest thing for us is that we are together and that everybody has a role to play.”

Embed from Getty Images

Garcia has emphasised the group’s mentality and need for unification throughout the entirety of the season and said it was a component of the squad that continued to build with each win.

“Confidence is an important thing and I think the belief in themselves and each other is continuing to grow and that for me is the most important thing,” he said.

“That they have belief in themselves and each other and know that they can produce and tonight was a fantastic example of that, when the chips were down they fought hard for each other and eventually came out winners.”

Embed from Getty Images

Despite there win-streak Garcia praised how the squad was never complacent and always sought to rise to the occasion.

United’s very physical defence challenged Glory, not only to win the ball back but to keep it out of their possession in those final 10 minutes to secure the three points.

Given Glory’s position on the ladder every win from here on out is crucial to their chances for making finals, and a draw would have greatly affected their position.

Embed from Getty Images

Garcia said he always admired the squad’s persistence.

“That’s an impressive thing about the group is that not only do they challenge themselves but they challenge each other to be better,” he said.

“So it’s amazing to see them grow every week and that resilience is growing every week as well.”

Feature Image Credit: Breanna Redhead

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

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

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required