Milicic remains optimistic despite five game winless streak

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Ante Milicic has praised his young squad for their performance in the absence of key players, overlooking their inability to claim three points and their five game winless streak.

Since losing several notable names, including Markel Susaeta and Ivan Franjic, to the likes of injury and suspension, A-League debutants Macarthur’s performance has dropped considerably.

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Despite finding themselves in a five game winless streak, Milicic commended his team for their hard work, following yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Perth Glory.

“We came here without Susnjar, Jovanovic, Franjic, Susaeta, Tommy Oar, that’s five, and the boys that came in today, haven’t had a lot of minutes and they finished the game in the correct manner to keep that attacking side with those players scoreless,” he said.

“I say it’s a good point for us.”

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Last night’s game marked the side’s third consecutive draw, but the coach said he was in no way surprised at the team’s decline since losing key players, saying it was only natural.

“Every team in this comp will miss their more influential players. And it’s no coincidence that once Susaeta and Franjic departed the team, we haven’t recorded a win,” he said.

While Susnjar will return from suspension in their next match with Melbourne Victory on Thursday, along with Susaeta who Milicic said may be “a chance” to come back from injury.

He said he was pleased with the opportunity their absence had provided, as it gave the younger players an opportunity to prove themselves.

“A few of the boys that have come in have gotten used to the tempo of this league and show themselves really well, we’ve identified a couple of players that we believe now we can give them more match minutes,” he said.

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Although the team currently sits fifth on the ladder, Milicic was adamant their performance would have to improve if the team wished to see the finals in three weeks time.

“I think it’s going to go down to the end but we believe that we’ve got enough quality there that you know, hopefully we can finish the season strongly and see where that gets us,” he said.

“We need to win soon if we want to stay in touch with the other teams.”

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