Perth Glory will be looking to get off the mark and kick their season into gear tomorrow against the Jets. Perth won’t be settling for anything less than 3 points after their disappointing loss against Adelaide last week.
After being edged out by Adelaide with some lacklustre defending and a bit of luck, there were a lot of good signs for Perth.
Coach Alistair Edwards took a lot of positives from the game but was also disappointed to concede soft goals.
“I think our young boys did well and if we had of taken our chances – the match would have been a lot closer. I think a draw would have been a fair result”
“We had a few guys making their debuts in the A-League and I think they did very well. Sidnei did very well, and Jamie and Ryan up front did some good stuff.” said Edwards.
Self confessed Golem/Jason Statham look alike, midfielder Steven McGarry believes Glory played a decent game aside from the defensive lapses.
“I think on the whole we played reasonably well and there are just a couple of things we need to tighten up in defensive areas,” McGarry said.
This week however is a totally different challenge.
Newcastle who also started their season with a 2-0 loss to Sydney and are also faced with some defensive issues, will be looking to get their first win of the season.
Glory have a good record at Hunter Stadium winning 6 of the last 12 games and will be looking to build on that tally against the Novocastrians, but it won’t be easy.
Already missing the likes of Michael Thwaite and Shane Smeltz for the next few weeks, Perth have been dealt a late blow with Ryo Nagai injuring himself in their second last session (Thursday) before heading off to Newcastle today. Although he is expected to be fit for next week it is more adversity for the team in purple to fight against.
Steven McGarry is also an injury worry ahead of tomorrow’s clash after pulling up sore in this week’s training.
A late fitness test tomorrow will declare if he will be able to start, if not, it will give the technically gifted young Australian international Cameron Edwards who already made his debut for Glory against Wellington Phoenix back in 2011, a chance to start his first ever A-League game. However, he could have the chance to create some history tomorrow.
If Edwards starts, it will be the first time in the club’s history that two brothers – Cameron and Ryan, will start in the same team. Quite the Edwards family affair!
Brandon O’Neill looks to partner Steve Pantelidis again in the heart of defence while the right wing starting position is up for grabs between Adrian Zahra and Chris Harold as Nagai is missing due to injury.
Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Scott NEVILLE, 4. Kew JALIENS, 6. Zenon CARAVELLA, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 10. Nathan BURNS, 11. Craig GOODWIN, 12. Connor CHAPMAN, 13. Joey GIBBS, 15. Josh BRILLANTE, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 17. James VIRGILI 18. James BROWN, 19. Michael BRIDGES, 20. Ben KENNEDY, 21. Sam GALLAWAY, 22. Adam TAGGART (two to be omitted)
Ins: Joey GIBBS (returns from illness), Michael BRIDGES (returns from injury)
Unavailable: Emile HESKEY (knee – 3 to 4 weeks), Mitch COOPER (knee – long term).
Perth Glory Squad: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 2. Jack CLISBY, 3. Brandon O’NEILL, 4. Ryan EDWARDS, 5. Steve PANTELIDIS, 6. Cameron EDWARDS, 7. Jacob BURNS, 8. Ryo NAGAI, 10. Jamie MACLAREN, 11. Adrian ZAHRA, 14. Steven MCGARRY, 16. Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17. Chris HAROLD, 19. Joshua RISDON, 20. Daniel DE SILVA, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE, 30. Devon SPENCE (GK) (two to be omitted)
Ins: 19. Joshua RISDON, 23. Michael THWAITE,
Unavailable: 9. Shane SMELTZ (hip – 3 weeks), 13. Travis DODD (knee – ongoing), 18. Jack DUNCAN (quad – 1 week), 15. Isaka CERNAK (hip – 3 weeks), 22. Ndumba MAKECHE (knee – 1 week)