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  • Writer's pictureGareth Morgan

Williams at the double as draw takes Glory in top six

David Williams struck twice against his former club as Glory came back from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw with ten-man Wellington Phoenix in Palmerston North.


Oskar Zawada and Kosta Barbarouses both found the net inside the opening 20 minutes as the hosts adapted quickest to the wet conditions and muddy surface, before David Williams halved the arrears with a back-post header.


Phoenix then lost Tim Payne early in the second half after his foul on David Williams was upgraded from a yellow to a red card by VAR and ten minutes from time, Glory’s pressure paid off when Williams again found the net with a spectacular diving header.


The visitors were denied twice by the woodwork as they pressed for a winner in a frantic finale, but the draw was enough to take them into the top six ahead of the rest of the weekend’s games and Head Coach Ruben Zadkovich was heartened by the way his charges forced their way back into the contest.


“It was an interesting game and it was obviously disappointing to concede two soft early goals… they were well-worked from their [Wellington’s] point of view and I’m not taking anything away from what they do,” he said.

“But I was extremely pleased with the character and resilience the boys have shown.


“I think what’s important is that we didn’t get lucky to get back into the game; we played our way back into the game.


“We scored two goals from areas that we talked about, so there were some positives from what we did on the ball and a little bit to work on defensively.


“On the balance of the game, I think we probably should have won.


“We had the better chances and more of the possession even before they had a man sent off.”


IMAGE: Perth Glory FC

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