Perth Glory’s impressive win against Wellington had the hallmarks of the club’s season so far, a tentative start followed by a steady increase in performance and results.
Perth Glory-s impressive win against Wellington had the hallmarks of the club-s season so far, a tentative start followed by a steady increase in performance and results.
While Coach Dave Mitchell was delighted to register a third straight win at Members Equity Stadium, he admitted following the match that nerves almost got the better of his men.
With a vital three points up for grabs Perth were slightly tentative in their opening exchanges however a wonderfully crafted goal to Nikita Rukavytsya in the 15th minute eased the tension before a much more consistent second half.
"I think it was very important (the result) and I think that showed with the players being very nervous the first half," Mitchell said after the match.
"We couldn't string too many passes together and although we went 1-0 up, I don't think we played very well, the first half."
"(I) had a few stern words at half time to say to the players and the second half was a much better performance and we kept a clean sheet which was great," Mitchell said.
The win gives Perth three victories on the trot at home, the first time the Glory has achieved the feat in the Hyundai A-League, and moved them off the foot of the table top sit equal on points with sixth placed Newcastle.
In yet another huge Sunday clash the Jets will venture to Members Equity Stadium to face a Glory outfit confident and determined to make it four in a row on home turf.
"To grab three points against Wellington is a big relief for us and gives us a lot of confidence heading into next week," Mitchell said.
“We need to make the most of our home ground advantage and ensure that teams coming here don-t take any points away with them.”