Glory disappoints bumper Perth crowd

Glory's difficult week off the pitch had a subdued finish last night when they were kept to a lackluster 0-0 draw by Adelaide United at nib Stadium.

When things aren't going well in the change-rooms, wins are the best way to take away some of the pressure.

Just ask Adelaide, who broke through for an impressive 4-0 win over Central Coast last week.
But there was nothing impressive about last night's clash. Neither the seventh (Glory) or eighth (Adelaide) placed A-League sides could get a run on - but both need to quickly to keep in touch with the top half of the table.

And new Perth interim coach Kenny Lowe's hopes of claiming his first victory on New Year's Eve against the Mariners took a hit when Ryo Nagai left the field late in the second half with a hamstring injury.

Brazilian winger Sidnei, who started last night on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury that had him sidelined for two weeks, had the best chance to knock in the winner for the home side.

That came in the 78th minute, when he found himself clear in front of goal.

But his lack of game play became evident and he could only guide it straight into the arms of Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic.

That was just eight minutes after a brilliant tackle on Adelaide's Carrusca from Perth captain Jacob Burns almost certainly stopped the visitors from scoring.

It was a much needed lift for Burns, who was right in the middle of things during the week as Perth coach Alistair Edwards was given his marching orders after a nasty off-field controversy.

The Perth fans showed their support for the club, with the 9436 who showed up being the best home crowd since November 2.

But a few of those jeered Burns as he led his side out to start the game.

Many more were even more vocal in the second half as he missed a couple of targets and perhaps a terrific chance to release Chris Harold in to a dangerous scoring position.

But the crowd cheered in unison when Burns ran interference on the bold Carrusca attack.
Adelaide looked more dangerous in attack in the first half, attacking through Carrusca and Jeronimo Neumann.

The former is probably still wondering how he failed to slot one through in the 22nd minute.

And if it wasn't for Glory Keeper Danny Vukovic, he would have.

If it wasn't for 18 year-old defender Matt Davies, Carrusca and Neumann could have slotted in a couple each.

Perth's best chances at scoring in the first half came at the end of long balls from defender Jack Clisby.

The 21 year old is one of several youngsters that have emerged as part of the youth policy at the Glory in the past 12 months.

While we can expect Nagai and Jamie McLaren to be on the scoring end of many of these in the future, they couldn't deliver last night.

Another youngster, Harold, looked the most likely to score for the home side, continually finding room on the right side.

But again, while he managed to put the ball in to dangerous spots, the Perth forwards were not up to the task.

How fast can Shane Smeltz get back and how fast can he get fit?

Or do the Glory look to the transfer window for someone to finish off the good work being done by midfielders and defenders?

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