Reddy: Rotation positive for Glory

Goalkeeper Liam Reddy feels Perth Glory are using squad rotation well at the busiest time of the season.

The Glory have led the A-League table since round 4 and are showing no sign of flagging as the campaign passes the midway point.

Perth have played eight games since the start of December, suffering just one defeat in that time.

It's kept them clear of their rivals, and they have shown resilience after falling to their only loss of the campaign when they went down 2-1 at home to Sydney FC in the last game before Christmas.

The Glory had won four in a row going into Saturday's trip to Melbourne City but had to settle for a point in a goalless draw.

Coach Tony Popovic has made 16 changes to his starting line-ups over the past three games, with of them coming against City in what was the club's first scoreless draw since 2015.

Reddy, though, says the changes have had no ill-effect on the team.

As Popovic contemplates a few more switches for Wednesday's visit of Adelaide United to HBF Park, Reddy said: "Everyone comes in and does the job that's required of them. It's a great luxury to have in terms of having a deep squad and everybody's going to get used through these games.

"It's a positive that players are coming in and doing really well. It shows that we've got a really tight-knit group of players and staff and we're all pushing for the one thing."

The keeper, who is the only Glory player to have started every match this season, expected Adelaide to provide a stern test following their win over Western Sydney.

"Adelaide's a tough team," he said. "Isaias is a key player for them and if we can shut him down it will go a long way to helping us get the three points."

The Glory are 11/10 to win their next game against Adelaide, who are 12/5, with the draw 12/5.

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Striker a priority for Joyce

Signing a striker remains a priority for Melbourne City, after they drew a blank against A-League leaders Perth Glory.

Warren Joyce's team stay nine points behind Perth, and there is no sign of a return for former Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli.

City haven't included the Uruguayan since November, and in his absence goals have been an issue.

They are the lowest-scoring team in the top six, with just 17 from 14 matches. Joyce says it's clear they need strengthening up front.

"There's a limited budget available to try to bring a player in," he added. "Obviously during this period you're crying out for a forward.

"The lads who have played there have done tremendously well, they have put in a shift, and the team has done tremendously well to work through it.

"They need a little bit of help, they deserve a bit of help, but you're trying to build for two things. You're trying obviously to win things but then you're trying to look longer term as well as the short term."

City didn't produce a shot on target in the 0-0 draw with the Glory at AAMI Park, and rarely threatened after Florin Berenguer fluffed a first-half opportunity.

But Joyce insisted the aim from the outset had been to win, and felt City had been the dominant team in the first half.

The result was at least a shot in the arm after they had become the first team this season to lose to Central Coast Mariners, going down 2-1 in Gosford three days earlier.

City, who named full-back Ritchie De Laet and winger Lachlan Wales in a two-man attack, stay fourth in the table.

Melbourne City are 6/1 to win the Grand Final.

City are 3/4 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 16/5 with the draw 3/1.

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City earn point against leaders

Melbourne City couldn't close the gap on A-League leaders Perth Glory, as the two sides battled out a 0-0 draw at AAMI Park.

The home side remain nine points behind Tony Popovic's team after 14 games, but go into the second half of the season with credit from holding Perth.

The Glory had won their previous four matches, scoring 15 goals in that spell.

City were able to keep them out with a sound defensive effort, though Perth's Jason Davidson should have scored with the best chance of the game late on.

Davidson blazed over the bar after Andy Keogh had seen his 83rd-minute shot blocked by keeper Eugene Galekovic.

The Glory, who are now four points clear at the top, then survived when Scott Jamieson's speculative cross nearly embarrassed keeper Liam Reddy who was saved by the crossbar.

The teams could only muster one shot on target between them in the first half, though City had an excellent opportunity 11 minutes before the break.

Ritchie de Laet's dangerous cross gave Florin Berenguer the chance to put them ahead from close range but the Frenchman failed to make contact.

Keogh nearly broke the deadlock for Perth in the 58th minute, when former City midfielder Neil Kilkenny put him through on goal. Harrison Delbridge was able to save the day with a superbly-timed sliding tackle.

Popovic said he felt it had been a very good away performance from his team.

"In the end there were some very good away chances – we didn't take them but overall we looked solid, we looked strong and we take a good point away from home," added the Glory coach.

"If we're in this position every year, and coming to Melbourne and the opposition are deemed as underdogs, then I'll take that every day of the week."

Perth Glory are 5/2 to win the Grand Final.

The Glory are 1/1 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 11/4 with the draw 12/5.

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Glory unlikely to rest stars

A-League leaders Perth Glory are set to name their strongest available team when they visit Melbourne City on Saturday.

The Glory are in the middle of a period of six games in January, which comes as a big test of their premiership credentials.

So far, despite being without star forward Chris Ikonomidis, who is playing for Australia at the Asian Cup, they have been able to maintain their lead at the top.

Tony Popovic's side have won all three games this month, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Popovic has rotated his squad for the past two games against Sydney FC and Western Sydney, making six and five changes respectively.

But when asked if he was tempted to rest any of his big names against a City side who are coming off a defeat to Central Coast, the coach indicated he would be putting out his first-choice team.

"I think this game, we've got enough time … we'll pick the team we want to play this game," he said. "We'll put out a team that we believe will win … it won't involve resting anyone."

The Glory have had captain Diego Castro on the bench for two of their past three games, including last time out when he scored against Western Sydney to help spark a 4-3 comeback win.

Wing-back Jason Davidson also came off the bench against Wanderers, while midfield general Neil Kilkenny did not feature.

The Glory will equal their club-record five-game winning streak if they take all three points against City.

The Glory are 19/10 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 6/4, with the draw 9/4.

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Glory not yet fit enough

They're riding high at the top of the A-League, but Perth Glory still haven't reached the fitness levels coach Tony Popovic is asking of them.

The Glory are three points clear of defending champions Melbourne Victory, with a game in hand, having lost just one of their first 13 matches.

It's a significant improvement from last season when, in Kenny Lowe's final campaign in charge, they finished eighth in the table.

The 4-3 victory they earned last time out against Popovic's former team Western Sydney means that after 13 matches they have picked up 32 points – the same total they managed in the whole of their 27 games in 2017-18.

The team showed their physical conditioning when they came from 3-1 down with 13 minutes left to beat Wanderers on Sunday.

Popovic, though, wants his players to keep improving their fitness levels in the coming weeks.

"I believe we can be a lot fitter; I don't believe we're fit enough yet to play our style of football for 90 minutes," said the coach.

"But that will grow and that will get better. It's not easy to open up and play at all times the way we want to.

"Physically it's very demanding. We've got to keep working on that and improving that, and hopefully the minutes will get longer and longer that we can dominate games."

The Glory are set to bring back midfielder Neil Kilkenny for this weekend's clash with his former club Melbourne City, after he was rested against Western Sydney.

Perth are 5/2 to win the Grand Final.

The Glory are 19/10 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 6/4 with the draw 9/4.

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Glory not yet fit enough

They're riding high at the top of the A-League, but Perth Glory still haven't reached the fitness levels coach Tony Popovic is asking of them.

The Glory are three points clear of defending champions Melbourne Victory, with a game in hand, having lost just one of their first 13 matches.

It's a significant improvement from last season when, in Kenny Lowe's final campaign in charge, they finished eighth in the table.

The 4-3 victory they earned last time out against Popovic's former team Western Sydney means that after 13 matches they have picked up 32 points – the same total they managed in the whole of their 27 games in 2017-18.

The team showed their physical conditioning when they came from 3-1 down with 13 minutes left to beat Wanderers on Sunday.

Popovic, though, wants his players to keep improving their fitness levels in the coming weeks.

"I believe we can be a lot fitter; I don't believe we're fit enough yet to play our style of football for 90 minutes," said the coach.

"But that will grow and that will get better. It's not easy to open up and play at all times the way we want to.

"Physically it's very demanding. We've got to keep working on that and improving that, and hopefully the minutes will get longer and longer that we can dominate games."

The Glory are set to bring back midfielder Neil Kilkenny for this weekend's clash with his former club Melbourne City, after he was rested against Western Sydney.

Perth are 5/2 to win the Grand Final.

The Glory are 19/10 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 6/4 with the draw 9/4.

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Skipper ‘on another level’ in Glory win

Diego Castro's introduction off the bench was pivotal to Perth Glory's stunning comeback in the 4-3 win over Western Sydney, says coach Tony Popovic.

With games coming thick and fast in January, Popovic opted to leave Spanish ace Castro on the bench at HBF Park.

The coach made five changes for the meeting with his former team and things didn't go to plan in the first half as Wanderers took the lead.

The Glory were unable to get a grip on the game so Popovic sent on Castro and Jason Davidson after the break, and the skipper was outstanding.

Perth were two goals behind twice in the match but rallied to preserve their six-point lead at the top of the A-League, scoring four times in the last 20 minutes.

Popovic admitted it had been a "crazy game", and one in which his team had defended poorly.

"It was no surprise that we struggled at times but we found a way to win," added the coach. "We weren't at our best but if you want to give yourself a chance to be there at the end these are the games you have got to come through.

"Diego did what Diego does; the last half an hour he controlled the whole game. His decisions were on another level to everyone else."

Castro netted Perth's first goal, getting them back into the game at 2-1 down.

Ivan Franjic and Andy Keogh netted to get the home side back level, with Juande completing the turn-around when he scored from the penalty spot after Keogh was dragged down by Brendan Hamill.

The Glory are 9/5 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 6/4 with the draw 9/4.

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Perth pull off dramatic comeback

Perth Glory twice trailed Western Sydney Wanderers by two goals before coming back to win a thrilling contest 4-3 at HBF Park.

The A-League leaders rallied to preserve their six-point lead over rivals Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, while handing Wanderers a fourth straight defeat.

The visitors looked to be on course for victory when they led 3-1 with 13 minutes left but coach Tony Popovic confounded his former club, who he had guided to Asian Champions League glory, when Perth produced a stunning late comeback.

Perth netted all their four goals in the final 20 minutes, with Juande completing the revival when he netted the winner via an 86th-minute penalty.

Wanderers took the lead late in the first half through Kwame Yeboah, who was making his first start in the competition in over five years. It was a finish he knew little about, but ensured the visitors had an advantage at the break.

They doubled their lead when Roly Bonevacia struck home a well-placed strike with 23 minutes to go.

Perth, though, quickly pulled a goal back when skipper Diego Castro headed home. Wanderers boosted their chances of taking maximum points when Manyiel Riel Majok scored, but again the two-goal lead proved short-lived.

Defender Ivan Franjic scored his first Glory goal in the 79th minute after Alex Grant's header had cannoned off the crossbar.

Popovic's side equalised eight minutes from time when Andy Keogh scored from close range following a neat cross from Franjic and the remarkable comeback was rounded off by Juande's penalty, which was given after Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill had held Keogh in the box.

Perth Glory are 5/2 to win the Grand Final and 2/1 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 11/8 with the draw 21/10.

Keogh ‘settled in Perth’

Perth striker Andy Keogh appears to have ended any chance of Melbourne City signing him in the transfer window.

City were looking to bring in the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, in a straight swap for their former Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli.

But Keogh has gone public on his desire to stay with the Glory, who are six points clear at the top of the A-League table.

He said: "I see my future here, I'm settled in Perth with my family and have enjoyed my time in WA over the past four-and-a-half years.

"I'm close to finalising my Australian citizenship and have built up a good relationship with the passionate fans who have always been great to me through the good and the bad.

"They're also my harshest critics which is great because it pushes me to perform even better."

The star attacker is in his second spell with the club, having played one season in 2014-15 and then moved to Thai side Ratchaburi.

He was back just months later when the Glory moved on Guyon Fernandez in order to free up a visa spot for him.

Perth were glad to get back a striker who had bagged 17 goals in all competitions in his first season, and over the next two campaigns he managed 22 goals in 45 matches.

Keogh has seven goals in 12 games so far this season, and says: "I'm in form at the moment, enjoying my football and loving the new regime under Tony Popovic.

"The team has been performing consistently and I'm happy to have contributed more to that this season, long may it continue."

City were keen on Keogh to and remain likely to part with Fornaroli, who hasn't played since round four after falling out with coach Warren Joyce.

The Glory are 4/6 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 4/1 with the draw 3/1.

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Corica not fazed by gap

Coach Steve Corica has no doubts Sydney FC can still challenge for the Premiers' Plate this season despite blowing their big chance to reel in leaders Perth Glory.

The Sky Blues were beaten 3-1 in Perth on Wednesday, conceding all three goals in the first half. It snapped their four-game winning run, while the Glory extended their lead at the top to six points.

Perth have only suffered one defeat all season, while the Sky Blues have lost three. They are in third spot, level with defending champions Melbourne Victory but trailing on goal difference.

Corica was unhappy with his team's first-half display against Tony Popovic's side but feels "100 per cent" there is more than enough time for them to bridge the six-point gap.

"There's no way we're giving up," he said. "It's only six points, it doesn't mean they've got it shot to bits.

"It's a long way to go; I've seen teams (that have) been turned around from six points in front. We're looking forward to it, it's going to be a good end to the season."

Adam le Fondre netted his 11th goal of the season for Sydney FC against the Glory but it wasn't enough to get the visitors back into the match.

The Sky Blues, who face Adelaide and Newcastle at home in their next two games, are ready to make changes in the coming weeks and that could mean more game-time for Danny De Silva.

The former Perth player has been restricted to eight substitute appearances since recovering from a hamstring injury.

Speaking of the 21-year-old, who gave the team some spark when he came on in the 66th minute against Glory, Corica said: "I'm pretty sure he's going to be starting very soon. Six games in January is a tough ask for a lot of players with the quick turnarounds."

Sydney FC are 19/20 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 14/5 with the draw 13/5.