Sekulovski steps up
Perth Glory utility Naum Sekulovski has relished the challenge of playing at left back, putting aside an unfortunate run of injury and illness to make a significant impact in Glory’s positive performances of late.
Perth Glory utility Naum Sekulovski has relished the challenge of playing at left back, putting aside an unfortunate run of injury and illness to make a significant impact in Glory-s positive performances of late.
Sekulovski, who can also play in midfield and admitted he wouldn-t having mind a crack up front, is just happy to be back on the park and enjoying a purple patch of form.
“It-s just a matter of concentrating on different positions and wherever you play just try and do 100%,” Sekulovski said.
“I think I-m a striker but I-m the only one who thinks that so my opinion is irrelevant,” he said with a laugh.
“Mitch is the boss and whatever decision he makes that-s what counts. If he tells me to be at left back then I play left back and that-s final.”
Sekulovski joined Perth for their inaugural Hyundai A-League campaign and remains positive the club is heading in the right direction and said the disappointment of last week-s controversial loss to Adelaide has been put behind them with the focus now on returning to the winners list against Wellington at Members Equity Stadium on Sunday.
“Every game is difficult in the A-League, that-s the way I look at it and I-m sure that-s the way the rest of the boys look at it as well. We-ll be 100% focused and we-re preparing for a tough game,” Sekulovski said.
While injuries and suspensions robbed the team of their playing stocks earlier in the season, Coach Dave Mitchell is slowing regaining his squad including experienced campaigners such as former Socceroo Hayden Foxe and Brazilian playmaker Amaral.
"There have only been a handful of players, maybe four or five, that have played since round one,” Sekulovski said.
“It's a difficult job when you're changing five or six players week in and week out.
"If you can try and keep close to the same team out there, week in week out, it's going to go a long way to getting results."
The Glory-s form at home has been impressive with wins in their last two outings at Members Equity Stadium including a confidence-lifting victory over Sydney FC a fortnight ago and against Wellington, the club-s opponent again on Sunday.
With four of the next five matches at home, Sekulovski believes there's still hope of a maiden finals' berth, despite being six points adrift of fourth placed Central Coast.
"You only have to look at the table and do the math," said Sekulovski. "There are a few games in there, so we get on a roll and we're right in the mix."