Everything about the Perth Glory’s performance at the weekend against the Melbourne Victory was exceptional. There was a big crowd roaring the team on, – one that a visitor from Brisbane ranked the best he had experienced anywhere in the A league! – and there was a supreme performance on the park.
Melbourne Victory were not allowed to play due to the exceptionally hard working Perth Glory. They closed them down, they harried them across the park, and in the end Victory became frustrated, and as good as gave up.
This detracted from the Glory’s performance in which every player was outstanding; Berger’s attacking runs, Sterjovski’s running and defending, Pantelidis at the back was simply superb, with the ever-steady Bas Van den Brink and in the midfield, Burns, McGarry and Miller ran the show. The dominance of these three surpassing any performance by a Glory midfield for many years.
Everything was great and it restored faith that the club can climb to the top of the mountain again.
There was one sad element. Ian Ferguson has copped abuse all season from the fans, some who quite clearly do not want him at the club. Yet he has stood tall and taken all that has been thrown at him. He has kept on with his job along with his supporting cast and it looks like their hard work is beginning to pay dividends. Yet some fans still were not happy. It would have been nice if the shed had acknowledged that he picked the right team, and had his tactics spot on, and because of that played a key part in such a magnificent victory. As it was no doubt shutting up those who have given him so much stick no doubt proves that silence is golden! Maybe next time?