ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – Week 19 Preview

ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory – Week 19 Preview

Posted on August 6, 2016 in 'News'

There are only four rounds to go in the PS4NPLWA and the Jacks are knocking on the door of the top four, and this week they face a tricky game against a talented Perth Glory side at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday (3pm)


Striker Gordon Smith said they (Glory) are a good side but The Jacks are playing with confidence and will be continuing their push for the top four. “We are in for a tough game against a fit, energetic side who have improved over the past few weeks,” he said. “It will be a good game as both sides likes to pass the ball, but we are confident with the run we are on to take all three points and push for the top four. We’ve spoken all week about being switched on and we have four cup finals to make the play offs, and we will give it our all to make sure we are there.”

The Jacks bounced back from back-to-back draws with a big win at Balcatta last week, a game Coach Dale McCulloch said made emends for their poor performance against them earlier in the season. “The win at Balcatta was important, to get us back in the winner’s circle, and put to bed one of our worst performances of the season when they beat us easy at our place early in the season,” he said. “We dominated for most of the game and took our chances in the second half to win it, but most of all it moved us to within three points of the top four.”

McCulloch believes the Glory have improved this season, and said his player need to be at their best to take the points. “They (Glory) have a number of talented young players in their squad and have a number of A-League players also in the mix, and they are coming off a big win against Perth SC last week,” he said. “They will arrive full of confidence, so we have to be switched on from the first whistle, and we’ve worked hard this week and the players are focused and ready to go.”

In team news Tommy Amphlett is suspended, but Jayden Drummond is back in contention after recovering from his broken leg, and McCulloch will have a few selection headaches with a full squad to choose from. “We have a great team spirit at the club at the moment, and training has been intense this week with spots in the side up for grabs,” he said. “Jayden was outstanding before his injury, and is fit and ready to go, so it will be tough decision for the coaching staff, but we’re confident of all the squad and whoever we select will do a job for us.”

The Glory were big winners last week, with a 1-0 win against Perth SC, which moved them four points clear of the relegation zone, and with a game in hand. Defender Ross Millard, who came through the ECU academy, returns to his former club and said the Glory must bring the same resolve on Saturday.  “Games against ECU are always a tough, intense game. They’re a real physical side who also have a lot of quality which has shown with their recent form,” he said. “Both teams want to get a result for different reasons with them pushing for top four and us looking to pull away from the bottom three, so it’s going to be a great contest which we’re really looking forward to.”