Perth Glory lock in first win amid Fornaroli’s controversy

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Bruno Fornaroli’s controversial absence did not deter Perth Glory from beating Central Coast Mariners 2-1 on Sunday.

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Fornaroli, who has an incredible goal-scoring history in the league, was left out of the squad lineup leading to the Mariners match.

According to head coach Ruben Zadkovich, he was simply unavailable.

“He ruled himself out with a rib injury on Friday, so he couldn’t finish the final session, which meant he wasn’t available for selection,” Zadkovich said.

However, it seems that the narrative differs for the top striker.

Fornaroli took to Instagram to comment on the starting lineup posted on the club’s official page, saying, “I’m 100% fit and ready @perthgloryfc wrong information.”

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In response to the incident, coach Zadkovich was eager to steer clear.

“His account could have been hacked for all we know,” he said.

“I can’t comment because I haven’t seen it. I chose the available squad, and they went out and got the job done.”

Zadkovich was also eager to focus on the team rather than one individual post-match.

“Like all the boys, he’s extremely valuable to our club,” he said.

“But as I say, the focus isn’t on him at the moment.”

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The comment on Instagram from Fornalio’s account has since been deleted.

Amidst it all, Perth Glory won a dramatic comeback in Gosford thanks to Aaron McEneff’s winning goal in the 56th minute.

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There was excitement on the part of the winning coach about the performance as he praised his players.

“We showed much character, first and foremost,” he said

“We’re hard as a group, so I’m just proud.

“The boys have been huge in the three games, albeit the performance is nowhere near what we want.

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“It’s going to take time. We’ll have to build on our structure and processes, but if they show that level of work rate, effort, fight and mentality as a group, then we’ll get there.”

Considering the away side was shaky at times, Zadkovich said the performance is something to build on.

“This result gives a bit of confidence to the team and everyone involved in the club,” he said.

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For the Mariners it was an afternoon to forget as they failed to find their feet in front of goal.

“We didn’t create enough chances, and we’ve given away two poor goals, sloppy reaction on both goals,” Mariners coach Nick Montgomery said.

We didn’t find that rhythm that I expected, and we expect.”

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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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