Are Perth Glory the best team in Australia by virtue of losing 1-0 to Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah overnight?
After beating Brisbane 4-0, Perth coach Tony Popovic is hoping his side can maintain their A-League dominance heading into a tough run of away games.
Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic briefly let himself enjoy a near-faultless 4-0 win over Brisbane Roar but is prepared for a challenging month for the A-League leaders.
Glory moved nine points clear atop the A-League on Saturday with their thumping win over Brisbane in Perth on the back of two first-half goals to Andy Keogh and one to Jason Davidson, and a second-half goal to Diego Castro.
Perth controlled the game from the outset and barely conceded an opportunity to the Roar, giving Popovic plenty of opportunities to sit back and enjoy what he was seeing.
“This coaching, I’ve been doing it for a little while now and I’m trying to enjoy it more, especially in a game like this,” Popovic said.
“We’ll all reflect on the game and enjoy some of the great passages of play that we showed and the great football we played.
“But then it ends and you have to prepare for your next match and that’s what the job is. Hopefully we can enjoy more good moments at the end of the year.”
Glory are in prime position to claim the club’s first ever Premiers’ Plate, even with upcoming away games to Western Sydney, Melbourne City and Adelaide United, before they are back home to host Melbourne Victory on March 30.
Popovic is confident his team can cope with the draw and says if they get through still clear on top, the premiership is theirs.
“We’ve done very well last week and this week to back it up and now we go on a tough run of away games. Hopefully we are still in a very good position when we come home,” Popovic said.
“The challenges keep coming and we have three away games now that we know will be very difficult. Hopefully our fans will remember this performance and result, and support us while we’re away and be eager to see us when we get back.”
Roar coach Darren Davies tried to pull some positives from Brisbane’s loss as they look to bounce back at Central Coast on Friday.
“They didn’t give in, they kept going and they fought right until the end. We were beaten by a better side so we put our hands up, will dust ourselves down and be ready for next week,” Davies said.
“We go out to win every single game. Last week we did it and this week we were second best, but we take some positives out of it even though we’re hurting. Come Monday we’ll be fully focused to move forward.”