Dau relishing Victory challenge

Perth Glory head into Sunday's Foxtel Y-League game against Melbourne Victory at Dorrien Gardens looking to kick start their season having been edged out in each of their opening three games.

Last week the youngsters went toe-to-toe with Conference leaders Melbourne City, before eventually losing by the odd goal and winger Chok Dau said they had their opportunities to take something from the game.

"The result on the weekend was very disappointing, because throughout the game we worked really hard, both with and without the ball,” he explained. “So we felt we deserved to get something out of that game, but it wasn’t to be.”

The 18-year-old, who arrived in Perth from Kenya as a youngster, has been outstanding this season after impressing at Inglewood United in the NPL last season.

He's enjoying the challenge of taking on the best youngsters in the country and feels that he and his Glory teammates are working hard to improve.

“The transition has been a great challenge for me and the other players in the squad," he said, "but I am enjoying it and hopefully we can start getting some success, starting against Victory on Sunday.

“It’s a very important game for the team to get our season on the right track. We’ve been playing great, but have just been unfortunate not to get the right result, so this week it’s a must-win for the boys.”

Glory Head Coach John Gibson, meanwhile, felt that last week's away trip was beneficial for the group.

"It was a brand new experience for the whole group and we enjoyed the trip to Melbourne barring the result," he said. "The performance was very solid, with key moments by us being the difference.

"Being our first road trip, we produced a tough away performance and I was delighted with many parts of the game against a very good City side. But in the end we let ourselves down with some lapses of concentration at key times."

Gibson is expecting Victory to provide a similarly difficult test for his charges on Sunday.

"This is a tough game in a tough conference, where you need everyone to produce their best for 90-plus minutes,” he said.

"In our last two home games, we have been disappointed with ourselves in certain aspects of our game.

"But we ended both games well, so we will be looking for a 90-plus-minute performance on Sunday.”

Kick off on Sunday is at 10.30am and admission is free, so do get along and lend the lads your support if you can.

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