Determined Perth Glory ready to tackle January road trip

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Alex Epakis says his side are taking it one game at a time ahead of their A-League Women’s clash against Canberra United.

Perth Glory is preparing for their second of six successive games on the road in January following the 4-2 loss to Adelaide United last weekend.

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“Ultimately the game in front of us is always the most important and we can’t look too much on tallies of points,” Epakis said.

“It’s literally just play, then recover and see who’s available for the next match.”

The spread of COVID-19 has caused disruptions to the A-Leagues over the past few weeks, with teams quarantining and games being cancelled.

However, Epakis says Glory is not letting these distractions get to them.

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“I think we need to just focus on what’s in front of us because we know that so many things can change so quickly,” he said.

“If we put any mental energy in looking past what’s in front of us, I just think we’re probably wasting our time a little bit.

“Instead of thinking too far ahead and putting resources in other areas, let’s just put everything into what we’ve got at the moment.”

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While it would be easy to feel discouraged by their current situation, Epakis is seeing the positives.

“We just need to make sure we make the most of this time away because it is an opportunity for us to grow as a collective group,” he said.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to focus on football for a couple of weeks.”

The Glory will be boosted by the availability of a full squad for their next game, with the exception of Demi Koulizakis who is still recovering from a knee injury.

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One player who won’t be missing out is captain Natasha Rigby, despite breaking her nose against Adelaide.

“For those that know Tash, she’s unbelievably strong and she’s very brave,” he said.

“So medically, she is cleared to play, and she wants to play, so she will play.”

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Following this game, Glory will turn their attention to Saturday’s opponents Sydney FC, who currently sit top of the A-League Women’s table.

Feature image credit: Tom McCarthy

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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