Why Perth Glory still lose out despite having the best defence in the A-League Men

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Perth Glory have been known to be one of the best defensive sides in the A-League Men’s competition, so why is it common to see them scrape by with a draw or lose completely?

Head coach, Richard Garcia, put it down to the side’s mindset.

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This is in reference to their ability to walk away from low conceding games. For the entire 2021/22 season to date, opposing sides have only managed one goal over Perth.

Even so, the underlying issues are surfacing, and Garcia was disappointed knowing his side were impacting their goal of making finals football simply by lacking in game day mindset.

Following Glory’s most recent performance against Macarthur FC on Wednesday night, the Perth side had enough opportunities not only to secure an equaliser, but to take the three points.

The recurring issue remains, after an early goal scored by the opposition, the length of time it takes for Glory to get back into the game.

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Garcia said it was clear a change of mentality was needed to rectify it, following their 0-1 loss against Macarthur.

“The boys didn’t respond in the right manner,” Garcia said.

“After the goal, we changed our mindset. We need to have the same mentality whether we’re one up or one down.”

Despite Glory having more shots at goal, and equal shots on target with the Bulls, they still managed to come out second best due to their delayed response in re-joining the match.

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One of their closest attempts at an equaliser came in the final moments, something which has been common in previous games – sealing a last-minute equaliser – but the return to find their feet again this time was too little, too late.

Glory have proved they can create chances but if the opposition goes one up before they do, the mentality switch impacts Glory’s play on the field.

It goes beyond the pressure on their attack to score, Glory’s backline also feel the heat after being dubbed one of the best defensive sides in the league, but a slip up in their most recent fixture was what cost them in the end.

And Garcia was not shy about that reality. He said his squad would need to work on having the same behaviours, regardless of what stage of the game they were in.

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“Slowly they got back into the game but again the basics, and decision making at times, was below par,” he said.

“We can improve so much more, we’re capable of so much more.”

Perth have their eyes on finals football but until their game day mentality is perfected, they are likely to face similar obstacles in the months to come.

Feature Image credit: Vision Inspired Photography 

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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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