Glory coach sees Wanderers threat

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Glory boss Bobby Despotovski and his side will head down to Bunbury in a bid to collect three points.Picture: Sharon Smith
Camera IconGlory boss Bobby Despotovski and his side will head down to Bunbury in a bid to collect three points.Picture: Sharon Smith Credit: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Perth Glory W-League coach Bobby Despotovski is under no illusions heading into Saturday night’s clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers at the WML Stadium in Bunbury.

Although his side might be riding high from Saturday’s stunning 2-1 away victory over title hopefuls Sydney FC in Wollongong, the Glory boss knows the Wanderers need to garner a positive result from their trip across the Nullabor.

“They have to win,” he said. “Because if Brisbane win against Melbourne City and they do not get anything out of our game, there is a possibility Western Sydney could be knocked out of the top four.

“So they have to either win or draw.

“There will be a lot of pressure on Western Sydney as two of their most influential players from the start of the season are not playing, as they have returned home to their countries.”

Despite being starved of possession for much of the first half against the Sky Blues, the Glory rode their luck and eventually took the lead through American Morgan Andrews on the stroke of half-time.

Chancing their arm further after the break, Andrews added a second in the 58th minute to pocket all three points for the Glory, who have won three games on the bounce.

“We are just now seeing all of the hard work the girls put in during the shortish pre-season that we had,” Despotovski said.

Exciting youngster Hana Lowry will be unavailable for the hosts on Saturday night, after she suffered a knock during the victory and was substituted in the 21st minute.

Despotovski said her long-term development was absolutely paramount.

“She got a bit of a knock on her knee and it was a bit painful,” he said. “Because she is a young player, we wanted to protect her at that point. That’s why she came off.

“Hana had three very good performances in the lead-up and scored in our first win against the Newcastle Jets.”

Kick off is at 7.15pm.

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