Perth Glory manager Alistair Edwards said he was content with his injury riddled side’s performance against Brisbane Roar despite falling 1-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening.
Glory were without marquee William Gallas, captain Jacob Burns and key player Scott Jamieson for the clash but battled galiantly before succumbing to a Besart Berisha strike just prior to the hour.
The visitors sustained prolonged periods of pressure from Roar throughout the contest and Edwards said he fancied his side’s chances after going into the half-time with the scores still level.
“Our motto we spoke about at half time was to stay in the game because we knew Brisbane were under pressure playing at home and the crowd was on their back a bit,” Edwards explained.
“I suppose everyone thought they were going to dominant completely the game but that wasn’t happening.”
“So we always knew if we kept to our structure that chances would come, and they did.”
Despite not being able to capitalise on a sprinkling of chances at the end of each half, Edwards said his side weren’t far off, “Soon we’re going to start banging in those goals.”
Glory’s attacking cause wasn’t helped when star striker Shane Smeltz was substituted in the first half with an ankle injury in only his second start of the season.
A controversial late decision by referee Tim McGilchrist not to penalise Roar defender James Donachie for a pawing challenge on Jamie Maclaren also drew criticism from Edwards.
“It was clear to us he was fouled, but there were a lot of those ones that were strange decisions tonight.”
“He was through on goal right at the death of the game, it would’ve been interesting because I wasn’t sure if he was the last man or not.”
“But on the whole I think both teams can say there were some interesting decisions in that game.”
Edwards said Glory’s ongoing injury concerns made it difficult for his side to find and maintain their rhythm despite possessing some of the league’s biggest names.
“That’s one of the things, we’re trying to get the likes of Shane Smeltz back to match fitness, we’re trying to get William Gallas up to match fitness as well, so we’re having to do it during the games,” Edwards explained.
“We’ve just been a bit unfortunate with niggling injuries, but I think the way we are generally performing, we are going to get stronger and stronger,” Edwards concluded.
Perth Glory sit in seventh position on the A-League ladder and continue their campaign this Friday night when they welcome ninth-placed Wellington Phoenix to nib Stadium.