City demonstrate gulf in top of ALW form against Glory

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Perth Glory’s latest result demonstrates the gulf in execution between the top two sides in the A-League Women’s and the chasing pack scrambling for the remaining finals spots, after a 4-0 defeat.

Sunday night’s battle against Melbourne City marked Glory’s second loss by the same scoreline this season, having previously conceded four goals against Sydney FC back in round six.

The Glory have made great strides this season, going from bottom of the league without a win last year, to sitting in fifth place in 2021/22.

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They have struggled, however, to take that next step against the best of the competition.

Sydney remains unbeaten, sitting top of the league with 28 points out of a possible 30, conceding just one goal all season. While City is a close second with 24 points and a goal difference of +14.

Glory remains in finals contention with three games to go, but they will face fourth-placed Melbourne Victory and league leader’s Sydney, before finishing the season against Wellington Phoenix.

They have struggled for goals this season, scoring 14 and conceding 19 for a goal difference of negative five, which could well play a part in deciding their finals fate.

Glory coach Alex Epakis was under no illusions regarding his side following the game.

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“I think 4-0 was an inflated score line,” he said.

“Nonetheless, credit has got to go to City, and we just weren’t as good today as we can be.”

Epakis had clearly done his homework, Glory’s game plan was well executed in the first half. They were compact and creating chances on the counter-attack, as City struggled to break them down.

“We came in with a very specific game plan which we could see was working for the first 40 or so minutes,” the coach said.

Once they went 1-0 down at the end of the first half, however, they never looked like coming back.

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While the best sides can adapt their game plan, more work will be required on the training ground for Glory to reach that level.

“The goal we conceded just before half-time meant that we had to go forward a little bit more and go after them a little bit more and that left us a bit open in those transition moments,” Epakis said.

“I don’t want to take anything away from what they did; they were fresh, they moved the ball well.”

It was not enough to match it with the best for 45 minutes, so the next step for Glory will be putting in a consistent performance for the full 90 minutes.

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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