Perth bound for Glory following winless road trip

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Perth Glory will look to end its four game winless streak when it returns to HBF Park to host reigning champions Sydney FC on Wednesday night.

Going winless in its past four matches – three of which have been losses – has seen Glory drop to ninth on the ladder and in a battle to reach the top six.

Perth Glory head coach Richard Garcia acknowledged his sides poor form but remains optimistic that his men can turn it around.

“I feel like in every season you’re going to have ebbs and flows,” Garcia said.

“We’re probably at a point where we’re on the downward rather than the upward, and now it’s about getting the guys on the upward.

“It’s about resetting and making sure we refocus on what we did at the start of the season and improving on that.”

It has been a tough time for the team in purple, with seven of Glory’s 10 matches being on the road, including the past three.

Glory now have the chance to relish the opportunity on its home deck facing Sydney FC (Wednesday) and Newcastle (Saturday), in what looms as a crucial stage of their season.

“It’s hard living out of a suitcase,” Garcia said.

“If you would have told me at the start of the season that we would have spent virtually the first half of the year away from home, I think anyone would say it’s a tough ask.

“But the boys have come through it and now it’s about coming out on Wednesday and playing good football and getting a result against Sydney.

“We know we grow another leg when we’re at home, and that’s fantastic.”

Star striker Diego Castro is also backing his side in for a return to form.

The Spaniard has scored just the two goals this season and will be itching to get on the scoresheet again as Perth face some scoring woes.

Glory had averaged an impressive three goals per game across its opening six matches.

But the goals have since dried up, scoring just three goals in its past four games.

Castro is hopeful that the side can return to its early season form saying that the responsibility is only on the players.

“It’s a team effort,” Castro said.

“I know from experience when results don’t come your way that you have to rely in the unity and the togetherness.

“I think we are in a good place to turn around and to getting the result.

“The truth is that it didn’t work out in the last games but we are still confident with the plan and we are still confident in the way we play.”

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