No time like the present

Perth Glory will be hoping to continue their impressive unbeaten run at home when they clash with Gold Coast United on Sunday in a match defender Chris Coyne says is vital to keeping the West Australian side in touch with the table topping Queenslanders.

Perth Glory will be hoping to continue their impressive unbeaten run at home when they clash with Gold Coast United on Sunday in a match defender Chris Coyne says is vital to keeping the West Australian side in touch with the table topping Queenslanders.

The Glory, currently in fifth spot, can close the gap between them and Gold Coast to just three points with a win on Sunday. While the new Hyundai A-League season has been extended to 27 rounds in 2009/10, Coyne said there is no time to waste in securing as many points as possible.

"I think after the first few games of bedding in, every single game's a massive game and if you lose two or three and you don't go into consecutive wins, all of a sudden teams are nine points away," Coyne said.

"That's them losing three and you winning three before you even get near them.

"People have got to realise, it's already round six coming up. There are 21 games left and they can slip away quickly if you don't get results and do things properly early on.

"Every three points is crucial, especially with two tough away games coming up for the club," Coyne said.

Perth will be bolstered for the big match with experienced pair Jamie Harnwell and Jamie Coyne recovering from injury and pressing for selection.

Harnwell has been training with the main squad for the past fortnight and is in line to play his first senior game this season while Jamie Coyne is ready to return after injuring his knee in round one against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium.

“There is always room for quality. That-s why we-ve brought the strength and depth we have in this squad now because it means with a couple of knocks, injury or sickness or a loss of form you don-t keep your spot.

“After talking to the boys that hasn-t been the case here in the last few years so it-s great to have it now because it means you have to go out and do a job every week if you want to keep your spot.

“Those boys are two key figures with loads of experience, maybe 400 to 500 games between them, is a massive plus for any squad to have them come into selection.”