Perth Glory skipper Daniel Stynes is keenly aware of the importance of Saturday’s PS4 National Premier League WA home game against Mandurah City, as the youngsters look to get back to winning ways.
After last weekend’s unfortunate defeat at Stirling, John Gibson’s charges are targeting victory over a Mandurah side with whom they are currently level on points.
“Every game we play is important,” said Stynes, “but we’ll approach it like we do each week and try and impose our style of play and put in a good performance.
“The table is tight at the bottom, but we are relishing the challenge and are focusing on Saturday’s game.
“We have a very young side and are battling against senior players week in, week out and performing well, but we need to start turning those performances into points.”
The Glory squad was bolstered with the return of several senior players last weekend and Stynes welcomed the additional experience they brought into the group.
“We had Nick (Feely) and Joe (Knowles) back and both were great for us,” he said, “and it’s important for the younger players to have these players to learn from.
“Unfortunately the sending off [of Hayden Stevens just before half time] really hurt us and changed the game.
“We kept the ball very well in the first half and were threatening, but as soon as we went a man down it completely changed the complexion of the game.
“We still went for it in the second half and Gibbo changed the formation slightly and we still caused them problems, but we couldn’t find the equaliser and conceded a second goal late on."
Gibson himself, meanwhile, insisted that Glory would be focusing upon themselves rather than the potential implications of the result at Ashfield Reserve.
“Of course with relation to the table, yes, it’s a big game,” he said, “but for us it will be process-driven.
“It always is about us and being exceptional at the detail.
“Saturday is just another game, one we’ve worked extremely hard to prepare for in training this week and the lads are looking forward to the challenge.
“They (Mandurah) have a strong side and will be looking to come to our place and get a result, but our group are determined to perform well.
“We are all in this together and are relishing the opportunity to play the game and get the right result.”
PS4 National Premier League WA – Week 21
Perth Glory v Mandurah City
Saturday 15 July 2017
Under 18s – 11am
Under 20s – 1pm
First Team – 3pm
Perth Glory members have free admission to all PS4NPLWA games