Glory wary of Mariners

Perth Glory head coach Tony Popovic says this weekend’s clash against the Central Coast Mariners is another ‘dangerous’ game, despite the Mariners’ lowly league position.

Glory suffered its second defeat for the season against Melbourne Victory in last Saturday’s home game, but remain on top of the A-League ladder.

Popovic said the players had learned from the loss and are were working hard towards a win against the Mariners.

“Every game is a dangerous game,” Popovic said.

“If we can get a little improvement in a few areas from the Victory game then we’re in a good position to get the result we want.”

The final team is yet to be announced, but Popovic said he was looking at the whole squad ahead of Round 24.

“There is a possibility that we could bring in a few different faces for this game,” he said.

“They are a group of players who are pushing each other every day and everyone wants to get into that first 11. We respect that and respect their training.”

Glory took home three points when the sides faced off in Round 5 at HBF Park, but the Mariners will have a home ground advantage this Sunday.

“We’re playing away from home, which is never easy and you have to play well to get a result,” Popovic said.

“But we feel that we are playing well and we’ll go there with the confidence and belief that we can come away with three points.”

Perth Glory Squad:
1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3. Jason DAVIDSON, 4. Shane LOWRY, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Joel CHIANESE, 9. Andy KEOGH, 11. Brendon SANTALAB, 13. Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 16. Tomislav MRCELA, 17. Diego CASTRO, 19. Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20. Jake BRIMMER, 22. Fabio FERREIRA, 23. Scott NEVILLE, 27. JUANDE, 33. Liam REDDY (gk), 88. Neil KILKENNY

*two to be omitted

Ins: 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 22.Fabio FERREIRA

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 2. Alex GRANT (abdominal injury – 2 weeks)

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