‘Uptight’ Perth Glory sink to last as home slump continues

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A side who eagerly awaited the return of home games to push them for the remainder of the season have not had an ideal welcome back – now losing two consecutive home games.

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Perth Glory, while they welcomed new signings, have a mix of experienced A-League Men players and youth who are finding their feet in the league, now find themselves stuck in a rut and struggling to score.

During their previous performances, Garcia put the errors down to inexperienced players not taking chances, the mindset of the players once their opponent scores and individual mistakes.

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Their most recent performance against Sydney FC sent fans on the brink of throwing in the towel as they questioned why a side, who on paper have the ability to win, could not finish their chances and win a game at home since their arrival.

Glory now find themselves in last place, and head coach Richard Garcia said the only way that is going to change is if his side have consistency.

Garcia further said that consistency means for Glory to finish chances and play a full 90 minutes of football – something which they have not been able to do upon their return.

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“We’re performing for 45 minutes, 60 minutes but not 95,” Garcia said.

Although Glory walked away without three points, Garcia said there were still some moments of play where his side displayed good football.

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While the opportunities at goal have presented during a handful of Glory’s latest fixtures, an inability to finish those chances is anchoring them down at the bottom of the ladder.

Garcia said he can see that his side is uptight and it’s affecting their ability to finish the chances.

“I think we’re a little bit uptight,” he said.

“We’re not relaxed at the moment because of how important the goals are.”

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With only 12 games left to play, it is evident that Glory are still looking to find their rhythm and will not be able to ‘relax’ until they are back on the scoresheet.

“So, it’s about now refreshing, taking a backward step and realising that we’ve got 12 games to actually show everyone the ability that this side has,” Garcia said.

While Garcia may see a late redemption on the horizon, he will need to pull a miracle out of the bag to mend the relationship between his fans, who are running low on faith.

 

Perth Glory will look to put an end to the rut in their next home game against Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday night.

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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