Glory’s dreams of finals football is ‘out of their hands’

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Perth Glory have had their eyes set on finals football from the beginning of the A-League Women’s season, but now their dream is in the hands of other teams.

Glory are placed just outside of the top four, with only one game to play to make their push into the top four. They sit in fifth on 21 points, two points behind Melbourne Victory in fourth.

So while their hopes of achieving finals football are strong, it may not all go according to plan.

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Following a 3-1 slow burn game against a dominant and in form Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon, Glory were unable to secure three crucial points to take them closer to a spot in the top four.

While head coach Alex Epakis said their performance had improved from the last time these two sides met, it was not enough to get the result they needed.

“Last time we played them, we were very blunt the whole game, we didn’t create any chances or have shots at goal,” he said.

“The second half we at least threw some punches, metaphorically speaking, and we tried to attack the goal, we tried to create chances and we scored. That’s the difference from last time.”

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Epakis continued to state that Glory could have been better and that the result was not an accurate reflection of what his side was capable of, using their performance and growth in the season thus far to justify that.

Glory will need a win in their upcoming fixture against Wellington Phoenix to keep their dream of playing finals football alive. They will also need to rely on Canberra United taking the points away from Victory in their clash scheduled for the same day.

“If we’re good enough, the points will take care of themselves and that’s still the fact for the next match,” Epakis said.

If Victory are denied the points and Perth can produce a goal fest, they will live to see another day. But if not, Perth’s journey and progression this season should not be completely discredited.

Realistically, a spot just outside of the top four is an incredible effort for a side who have played almost the entirety of their season away from home.

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Keeping an eye on reality, Epakis would only give attention and energy to their next game.

“We need to make sure we follow the process; perform, do the game plan and do our best to win the match, and if other things go our way it’s a bonus,” he said.

“But, I’m not looking past the Wellington game.”

Glory will rely on the points to do the talking following the ultimate do-or-die deciders on March 4 to see who makes the cut for finals.

Feature Image credit: Tom McCarthy 

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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