Glory priorities in order
Perth Coach David Mitchell says securing a win against Sydney is the club’s main focus this week and has rejected suggestions that revenge is on their minds in what will be a first time match-up against former Glory skipper Simon Colosimo.
Perth Coach David Mitchell says securing a win against Sydney is the club-s main focus this week and has rejected suggestions that revenge is on their minds in what will be a first time match-up against former Glory skipper Simon Colosimo.
Speaking before a spirited training session on Tuesday morning, Mitchell said there was no ill-feeling between Glory and Colosimo following the midfielder-s off-season move to Sydney FC and that the final outcome was a win-win situation.
"Simon's a good player, he wanted to leave, and I think it was best he left as he was stale at Perth Glory, and I think he wasn't performing to his best capabilities,” Mitchell said.
“Going to Sydney is a fresh start for him, he wanted to play in front of the national coach, so it was a win-win for Perth Glory and Simon Colosimo so there is no ill feeling there at all,” said Mitchell.
The Glory will take plenty of confidence from their strong performance against Newcastle and with Sydney coming off their first win of the season the clash is shaping up as the match of the round.
There was plenty of praise for Glory-s international recruits Amaral, Eugene Dadi and Adrian Trinidad following their performances against the Jets and the trio are expected to come under close scrutiny this week from their Sydney markers. However Mitchell isn-t too concerned with any attempts to shackle his prized signings and believes they-ve got the talent to cope with anything thrown their way.
“I think a lot of people have said that we made some obscure signings and after last week I hope they-re eating their words,” Mitchell said.
“I think they are three quality players that we have brought in and when you see Eugene Dadi run 60 or 70 meters to retrieve a ball and make a tackle that just showed the guy-s committed.”
Last time Perth ventured to Sydney Football Stadium they stunned the home side with a wonderfully executed game plan to run out 4-2 victors. After a missed opportunity to secure all three points last week the Glory will be hoping they can repeat the dose against Sydney on Sunday.
“It doesn-t matter who we play we want to win, do well and get the points,” Mitchell said.