Perth Glory’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Rhyan Grant’s flowing mullet and a compact Sydney FC.
Top of the table Perth Glory hosted a Sydney FC that arguably have not hit their stride yet, but still found themselves on the losing side.
Sydney FC’s play relied largely on frustrating Perth, which worked to significant effect as Glory were often found doing little with their good build up work.
Sydney FC were arguably lucky to have beaten Western Sydney Wanderers in the derby last week and the weaknesses Steve Corica’s side showed in the weeks before against Wellington, the Central Coast and Melbourne Victory were stamped out against a previously unbeaten Perth side.
Having scored a late goal, Glory were seemingly heading towards a late resurgence before a ruled out Brendon Santalab equaliser, still, Chris Ikonomidis was bright all night.
Not much else can be said about Ikonomidis’ return to the Socceroos ahead of the Asian Cup, other than it's a pleasure to have him hitting his stride on our screens every week.
Liam Reddy — 7
Exceptional reflexes were displayed by Reddy late on in the first half in a double save. Was not at fault for either of Sydney’s goals.
Tomislav Mrcela — 7
Strongly dealt with Sydney’s efforts and was the stronger of Perth’s defensive trio.
Dino Djulbic — 4
Found his lack of speed often worked against him as Sydney’s attacking quadrant smartly put him under constant heavy pressure.
Played some awful aerial passes and was simply poor. Earned an assist late on as he headed forward the ball for Ikonomidis to score.
Shane Lowry — 6
Sloppy in some of his defensive work, to his own chagrin. Tried to spur his side late on.
Ivan Franjic — 7
Ever present up and down his flank and was always an option going forward. Alongside his former Asian Cup winning teammate Jason Davidson, the wingback was Glory’s best outlet in their build up.
Jason Davidson — 7
Had a lot of freedom going forward and a lot of competition with Rhyan Grant in front of him. Began to tire and became predictable with his crossing later on in the match.