Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic admits even he is shocked by how constant his staff has been this season however says it is too early to get carried away.
Glory continued their unbeaten begin underneath Popovic’s reign with a 1-Zero win over Melbourne Metropolis at nib Stadium on Saturday evening.
A Chris Ikonomidis strike on 43 minutes — his fifth objective of the season — was sufficient to seal Perth’s fifth win.
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The result maintained Perth’s two-point lead over second-placed Melbourne Victory, and they’re now six factors forward of Sydney FC and Adelaide United.
Popovic says Glory have exceeded his early expectations however he is aware of there’s nonetheless loads of obstacles to come.
“I believe the outcomes, in all probability in some respects, are just a little bit stunning early on in that they have been so constant for me,” he mentioned.
“However I believe it is nonetheless too early to say that we have mounted the so-called away points, or that we’re very sturdy at dwelling.
“There is definitely loads of work to do. There at all times was whatever the outcomes.”
The Glory have not been at their greatest in latest weeks however Popovic mentioned the actual fact they’ve nonetheless been in a position to grind out outcomes was a great signal.
Perth at the moment are ready on the health prognosis of former Socceroos defender Matthew Spiranovic, who was changed within the first half in his first A-League match of the marketing campaign.
Spiranovic, who had missed the perfect a part of a yr with a hip damage, suffered a suspected hamstring niggle and was changed as a precaution.
Popovic is hopeful the damage is not severe and mentioned it is not associated to Spiranovic’s previous hip points
Metropolis at the moment are seven factors adrift of the leaders however coach Warren Joyce was completely satisfied together with his staff’s effort towards Glory, controlling play for a lot of the match.
Nevertheless, the Bruno Fornaroli saga continues and Joyce was in no temper to deal with the problem additional after Saturday’s loss.
Fornaroli has been neglected for the previous three matches due to what his coach has labelled a scarcity of dedication to coaching.
“I’ve answered each single query I presumably can about Bruno,” Joyce mentioned.
“I might reasonably speak concerning the gamers tonight driving the sport, exhibiting dedication to the trigger.”
Curtis Good will miss subsequent Sunday’s away conflict with Adelaide United after being purple carded towards Glory.
Joyce expects Florin Berenguer to miss a number of extra weeks after the Frenchman injured a calf at coaching whereas Belgian defender Ritchie de Laet, who missed the Perth conflict via damage, will probably be assessed through the week.