“These next two games are crucial”: Glory’s desire to reach finals

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Perth Glory are set to face off with Adelaide United on Wednesday night at HBF Park, with both teams eager to win as the season comes down to the wire.

With only four games left in the season, Perth Glory are seeing a late surge that is making the finals look more realistic, following their three-game win streak.

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The squad got off to a rough start, which coach Richard Garcia contributed to their unfortunate scheduling and quarantine requirements on return from Qatar.

However, the side was gifted eight straight homes games which left other teams to face unfortunate scheduling. Now ninth place on the ladder, Glory must win every game going forward to stand a chance in making the top six.

“It definitely is one game at a time we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we want to make sure we focus on tomorrow night against Adelaide and repeat the performance,” Garcia said.

“I think that’s the biggest thing for me is making sure they repeat their behaviours and repeat their attitudes that they’ve shown over the past three weeks.”

The squad will next face Adelaide on Wednesday night, who currently sit fourth on the ladder.

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Last time the two sides met, Glory comfortably defeated the Reds in their season debut 5-3. Although in the history of the two teams meeting, Adelaide have taken out 20 of the 28 matches.

No matter the result, veteran Glory forward Bruno Fornaroli said it would be a very different game to their last meeting.

“They have grown up a lot and they have new players, good players, and they’re doing well the last couple of games, they look more confident in their football so I think it will be completely different,” he said.

“I think we have to continue to do everything we do at the moment and try to win the three points, this is what we need.”

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The fan-favourite will make his 50th A-League appearance for the club on Wednesday and said he hoped the winning trend remained.

“I think now we play more free, and at the same time everything gets easier when you win so now we must try to keep rolling to get the three points,” he said.

Looking at injuries Garcia said the squad was stronger than ever with all players looking good to go, aside from international recruit Sebastian Langkamp who remains sidelined with a wrist injury.

The Reds are also shaping up strong, with only two injuries from James Delianov and Nathan Konstandopoulos and will look to the return of Ryan Strain, following his suspension from the clash with Melbourne City.

Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

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

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