Glory attack to quell Fury
Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell could unleash one of his most attacking line-ups of the season with striker Eugene Dadi recalled to an extended squad for Saturday’s clash against North Queensland Fury at ME Bank Stadium.
Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell could unleash one of his most attacking line-ups of the season with striker Eugene Dadi recalled to an extended squad for Saturday-s clash against North Queensland Fury at ME Bank Stadium.
Dadi, Perth-s joint-leading scorer last season, hasn-t played in the senior team since round one but returned to action with the Glory Youth Team last weekend and scored in the opening half.
“Eugene has been a little bit out in the wilderness but has been training hard and there is a chance he could come back into the squad for sure,” Mitchell said.
“It was important that he got some match time with the youth team last week and he is now in a position where we can look to bring him back into the team.”
Glory coaching staff could be forgiven for not wanting to tinker with a squad that secured consecutive victories on the road and elevated Perth to second on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
“People talk about not changing a winning side and sometimes that has a lot of merit but you always look to see if you can tweak the side to make it better,” Mitchell said.
“It-s nice to get a couple of wins under our belts but we-re not going to get carried away and still have a lot of things to work on.
“We need to make sure we pick up the points at home now and make that advantage count,” said Mitchell.
Perth is unbeaten in three starts at ME Bank Stadium this season however they will need to be on their toes against a Fury side that, despite propping up the ladder, has the quality in their ranks to deny the Glory a happy homecoming.
“They-re a good side, better than what the league table suggests,” said Mitchell.
“They have some great players playing for them and it is a game where we-ll need to be very cautious.
“Our players know the score, I-ll make sure I reinforce that, but they know that anyone can beat anyone in this league.
“We-re determined not to slip up against a side that will be hungry to show they belong higher on the ladder,” said Mitchell.
Hyundai A-League 2009/10 - Rd 9 Perth Glory v North Queensland Fury Saturday, 3 October 2009 at ME Bank Stadium, Perth
Local kick-off: 3.30pm (5.30pm AEST)
Referee: Ben Williams
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Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Victor SIKORA, 10.Wayne SRHOJ, 11.Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC * one to be omitted
In: 14.Eugene DADI (promoted) Out: nil
Unavailable: 5.Jamie HARNWELL (knee - 8 weeks), 22.Anthony SKORICH (foot - 2 weeks), 25.AMARAL (thigh - 2 weeks)
North Queensland Fury Squad: 1.Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2.Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3.Chris TADROSSE, 4.Scott WILSON, 6.Ufuk TALAY, 7.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 8.Shane STEFANUTTO, 9.Robbie FOWLER (c), 12.Jack HINGERT, 14.Chris GROSSMAN, 15.Fred AGIUS, 18.James ROBINSON, 19.Daniel MCBREEN, 20.Justin PASFIELD (gk) , 21.John TAMBOURAS. 24. Dyron DAAL *one to be omitted*
In: Fred AGIUS (promoted) Out: Jeremy BROCKIE (not selected), David WILLIAMS (not selected), Paul KOHLER (not selected), Osama MALIK (not selected), Rostyn GRIFFITHS (not selected)
Unavailable: Jacob TIMPANO (hamstring - indefinite), Karl DODD (Knee -5 weeks)