"Vulnerable" Glory fall to Adelaide
Perth Glory have fallen victim to Adelaide United 5-3 in a goal-fest on Thursday night.
Glory scored the last two goals of the game in the last 15-minutes to make the scoreboard look more respectable than what the game reflected.
Adelaide went up 2-0 in the first half hour of the match before Kristian Popovic set the Glory back on course with his second goal of the season.
Popovic's efforts were wasted going into the main break as Adelaide piled on two more to lead 4-1 at the changeover.
The game went well beyond doubt when Adelaide piled on their fifth through the agency of substitute Pacifique Niyongabire.
Bruno Fornaroli and Juande scored late in the game but didn't save Perth from coach Tony Popovic's scathing assessment.
"We were very vulnerable defensively throughout the first half and throughout the whole game," Popovic said.
"I thought we improved in the second half, definitely and that's credit to the players, but we still looked vulnerable throughout.
"They had four attempts and scored four goals and when that happens, it's very hard to come back.
"We got punished for mistakes and gave away two goals from corners, so defensively it was not a good night and our opponent punished us for the gifts we gave them tonight.
"In the second half the players came out and started well... but the story of the night was that with their first attack of the second half, they scored.
"That summed up the night for us.
"We've lost 5-3 and we've identified what the main issues were.
"We have to accept it, talk about it and move on.
Glory are back in action of Tuesday when they take on the Western Sydney Wanderers.