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No glory for Perth as losses continue

BY DREW JONES

Perth Glory fans booed their side off nib Stadium after they slumped to their sixth-straight defeat to bottom side Sydney FC in October.

The 3-0 result was a new low for the Glory after they topped the A-League ladder in round five.

Fans were particularly disappointed by the players’ lack of fight.

Glory supporter Graham Howard said: “They need to lift their act. That was dreadful.”

“Hopefully they might fire up, they can’t get much lower really,” he said.

Long-time fan Michael Jepson said it hurt to see the players play without spirit.

“I’ve seen this team lose 6-0 and still seen the crowd behind them, and the team behind the crowd,” he said.

“Nearly 9000 fans came out and they just turned their backs on us.”

Perth was on the back foot from the kick-off, with Sydney midfielder Nick Carle forcing Glory goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski into a good early save.

Sydney selected their reserve shot-stopper Ivan Neceski for the game and he appeared nervous early, his hesitation almost allowed Glory striker Michael Baird to flick the ball into an empty net.

But Sydney took back control of the game and opened the scoring from a routine set-piece.

Nick Carle whipped in the free-kick and Bruno Cazarine headed the ball firmly past Vrteski.

Perth’s best chance came early in the second half, but Baird saw his left-foot volley flash wide.

Sydney made the Glory pay for their mistakes, and effectively killed off the game when Alex Brosque tapped the ball into an unguarded net after a Cazarine shot was blocked by Vrteski.

Glory responded by making two substitutions, bringing on former Socceroo Mile Sterjovski and youngster Ryan Pearson.

They livened up the Glory’s play but weren’t able to get Perth the goal they needed.

With Perth committing numbers forward, Sydney was able to take advantage of the extra space in the Glory defence with Bruno Cazarine scoring his second goal after a dazzling run and smart finish.

The goal came with seven minutes remaining and unhappy fans began streaming out of the stadium in disappointment.

Before the game supporters were unsure how the team would fare against Sydney.

Glory fan Eric Anderson said he thought the Glory could halt their losing streak.

“It’s about time the players took some responsibility,” he said.

He tipped the Glory to win 3-1.

Another fan, Peter Nicholson, wasn’t as confident.

“It’s not a matter of them playing better, they just haven’t got the creative players there to do it,” he said.

He tipped Sydney to win 1-0 or 2-0.

Perth Glory plays the Central Coast Mariners at Sydney Football Stadium next Saturday night.

Published in the Western Independent October 2010

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