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Dramatic draw maintains unbeaten home record

Gareth Morgan

A last-gasp diving header from David Williams extended Glory’s unbeaten record at Macedonia Park as Ruben Zadkovich’s men came from 2-0 down to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw with Sydney FC. The visitors dominated the first half and took a commanding lead into the break courtesy of well-taken goals from Joe Lolley and Rhyan Grant. But Glory halved the arrears within two minutes of the restart via a superb header from substitute Zach Duncan and after a power failure held up play for ten minutes, Williams struck right at the death to seal a deserved point. Head Coach Ruben Zadkovich was again impressed by his side’s mentality as they battled their way back into the contest to take their tally of points from five home games this season to 11.

“The first-half was quite poor,” he said.

“Physically, I think the short turnarounds in those games leading into it probably took their toll a little bit and we kind of knew that would happen. “But we wanted to keep some players fresh because obviously late in the game when they [Sydney FC] fatigue, we need to have something up our sleeve. “So in some ways, the plan in the second half worked really well, but we didn’t want to start that passive and that much on the back foot. “I wouldn’t say I’m happy with tonight because I want us to win and I expect us to try and win at home. “We need to play better than we did for longer periods, but the character and the resilience in the group is huge and seven points from the last three games is a decent effort.”

Perth Glory host Melbourne Victory back at Macedonia Park on Saturday night.

IMAGE: Perth Glory FC


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