No Glory for Perth as Wellington win 5-2

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    Wellington have issued a firm statement to the rest of the competition that their early season form has by no means been an indicator of what they will offer as an opponent.

    Stinging from a 3-nil shellacking last weekend, when they conceded an opening goal to Perth, it looked to be a long afternoon for the home-side.

    But Wellington were not to be dealt with easily, immediately dragging a goal back through Dario Vidosic, who played superbly, and later took the lead through Paracki, who would have been eager to make up for last round’s blunder of the year.

    Neither team seemed overly eager to build upon a resolute defence, as errors offered the main avenue to goal, perfectly summed up by Neville’s horror error that, somewhat ironically, allowed Paracki to score himself.

    The second half again saw the home team concede early, and the tight 2-all affair looked like a lot more goals were on offer.

    And further goals would prove to be the case, but entirely for the home side.

    Wellington created space and movement out wide at every instance, and the ball found its way to Finkler, who controlled the ball in the area, and nailed the shot, to give the Phoenix the lead once again.

    As has been indicative of the season theme so far, controversy was not far away, as the maligned VAR system was called upon to adjudicate whether or not Perth had conceded a penalty through a handball. The crowd bayed: VAR, VAR, VAR.

    It was determined, eventually, that Perth had indeed given away a penalty, and Kaluderovic duly slotted a pinpoint perfect penalty, to extend the home side’s lead.

    From there, Wellington appeared to be determined not to be denied, and Perth faded.

    Krishna, who in this writer’s opinion was easily man of the match, raided that left-hand side with ease, and it was only justice when Kaluderovic put away a header, for the fifth, and a final nail in the away side’s coffin.

    And so the referee blew time on a game that was not exactly a classic, with other teams likely to take advantage of poor and disorganised defences of both teams, but weary that both teams can attack. However, this was very much a game you could not take your eyes off, lest you would definitely miss something.

    Perth will have a long flight home with a fair amount of introspection, as their unbeaten run against Wellington comes to a crashing halt.

    Wellington, o the other hand, should now be spurred on by a performance that offers them belief. The kiwi team will now look to make something of a season that appeared to be slipping away.

    Wellington will also move swiftly off the bottom, leaving a previously unheard of scenario of Brisbane and Melbourne propping up the rest of the competition.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • Roar Rookie

      November 13th 2017 @ 9:26am
      The Phantom Commissioner said | November 13th 2017 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      Absolute rubbish, shipping 5 goals to Phoenix. Another year of finishing mid table if we’re lucky, such a shame the fans are getting behind the club again and we are being let down by a poorly coached side. 3 years and nothing has changed, Kenny really just counts on magic from our big players to win games but there is no defensive discipline….we must be fun to watch for the neutral, you’ll get plenty of goals in a Glory match but it’s becoming groundhog day for fans of the club.

      • November 13th 2017 @ 12:41pm
        Kangajets said | November 13th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

        You are correct , it is a lot of fun for the neutrals , always goals in Perth Glory matches . I’d take that any day then four and stodgy football

    • November 14th 2017 @ 2:05am
      fester said | November 14th 2017 @ 2:05am | ! Report

      have been a suffering glory fan for years, i go to the glory games and usually enjoy watching the visiting team,

      as they usually play the better football

    • November 14th 2017 @ 2:28pm
      Tommo said | November 14th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      Wellington had many players out on national soccer duties

    • November 14th 2017 @ 7:16pm
      nevyn said | November 14th 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

      The best systems of play are meant to ensure that the players understand their roles, know what to do in possession and know how to react out of possession, and importantly do the right things in possession to ensure that they minimise the mistakes that may result in the opposition exposing the defence.

      Sydney have been exceptional in this regard, as Arnie’s teams always are and I would say Okon gave a fine example on the weekend of how actually recruiting for a specific system, and attention to coaching individual players and improving a teams play can actually pay dividends.

      When I watch Glory I see none of these things.

      There is a core of good to great players but the team seems so lopsided in recruitment, an overabundance of midfielders and attackers but a complete lack of players who can provide a menacing presence out wide and some full backs who struggle to defend let alone get forward into attack.

      The team plays without any real system, it’s disjointed and reliant on individual efforts rather than any true coordinated movement. The only real system seems to be to get Castro the ball and let him run where he likes, when it works it’s devastating, when it doesn’t we can look like the most disjointed team in the league.

      And this lack of system, I believe is what leads to us making some phenomenally stupid mistakes leading to easy goals. We drop deep as players are always out of position and cannot slow the opposition attacks, hence against Sydney and Phoenix we tend to drop so deep that we give away silly penalties. Or on the other, the lack of coordination of our build up play means we are succeptible to stupid passes gifting opponents goals.

      I’ve watched and hoped over the years that Kenny would improve the team, maybe employ a system that suits what the team has, maybe a 3-4-3/3-5-2 to allow Castro freedom to move but also give everyone better defined roles and cater for two strikers, but unfortuntely he appears to stuck on repeat.

      What you’ve seen is what you’ll get.

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