Sage not feeling the love for his rejuventated Glory

Perth Glory boss Tony Sage hit out at the “lack of recognition” of his club’s feats, as they chase down an A-League finals spot.

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Fuelling the club’s already deeply entrenched siege mentality – exemplified by Glory’s Twitter tag – Sage spoke out in the knowledge that a Sky Blues loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in Saturday night’s derby, and a Perth home win against ladder leader Brisbane Roar just hours later, would see his side equal on points with the Sky Blues.

With Glory facing a far easier run home in the final eight games of the regular season, on paper, Sage sees no reason why Perth can’t turn the screws by securing a club record fifth successive win to disarm the doubters.

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“We’re not afraid of any team, and looking at the draw we have a far kinder remaining fixture list than Sydney FC, who also have the Asian Champions League to contend with,” Sage said.

"They have to five games in 15 days and that’s going to ask a lot of questions of them.

“From our perspective, whatever we do we get no credit from anybody outside of WA.

“Nobody gives us recognition or acknowledgment whatsoever ... that’s why our hash tag is west versus the rest.

“Five weeks ago all the so-called experts said that six was set in cement and a done deal and we didn’t have a hope of making it. Well those commentators, where are they now?

“Now some are saying that with eight games left we’re going to fall away and won’t be good enough to sustain our current form.

“So, no matter what the team does, we’re not receiving any recognition for what has been achieved against quite a few odds so far this season.

“We’ve been dogged by injuries for much of the year but our coach Kenny Lowe has made us a very solid team that’s tough to beat at the worst of times.

“We had five injuries, for example when we drew 2-2 at home to Melbourne City last month and yet nobody gave us any credit for that result in a game where we had to play with 10 men for 30 minutes.

“The last time replayed against Brisbane we had half the squad missing, and they were lucky to beat us 1-0.

"Other than the 5-1 thrashing by Melbourne City, we’ve been competitive in just about every game and we’re now producing the form that Kenny always believed we could.”



With last season’s damaging salary cap scandal beginning to recede in the memory, Glory have not only proved hard to break down but have also scored 12 goals in their last four games.

“I have great faith in this team,” Sage said. “I think we’re going to change some people’s minds about us very soon, especially if we beat Brisbane.

“Maybe then some people will start to take us a bit more seriously.

“We have a great young group of lads, there’s a lot of hungry youngsters and bit of experience up front it with Andy Keogh and Castro.

“We haven’t had a proper centre-back combination all season until the arrival of Shane Lowry to join Alex Grant. You have two players there with invaluable experience in England who can be together for years for us.

"They are doing brilliantly."


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Published 20 February 2016 at 10:11am
By Dave Lewis
Source: SBS