March 26, 2015 11:09:34 UK
Keeper Danny Vukovic says Perth Glory don’t accept their nine-game winless streak means their premiership hopes are over.
The Glory looked likely winners of the Premier’s Plate while they occupied top spot for 15 consecutive weeks.
We had a wonderful season up until we stopped winning games, but we’re still in amongst it.
But their failure to win since 2nd January has seen them tumble to fourth spot, and a return to form is well overdue.
Vukovic says at the start of the campaign the club, who finished 10 points outside the Finals Series last season, would have been more than happy with a top-four finish.
Kenny Lowe’s side raised their expectations as they hit top spot and stayed there, and with five games to go they still believe they can take out the premiership.
“We still want top spot,” said Vukovic. “We had a wonderful season up until we stopped winning games, but we’re still in amongst it.
“(Confidence) is obviously a little bit down. When you haven’t won for so long, it happens. But that can change in one game.”
Perth are 6.50 to win the Grand Final.
A hip injury kept Vukovic out of last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Central Coast, but the veteran will be back to face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.
Whether skipper Michael Thwaite will play, though, is uncertain as the 31-year-old limped out of training early on Wednesday.
Thwaite reported tightness in his leg, but defender Scott Jamieson is hopeful he will recover in time.
“To see him go off is a bit concerning,” said Jamieson. “But I had a quick chat and he said it’s just tightness. A massage or two before Saturday, and he’ll be fine.”
Perth are without Daniel De Silva, Jack Duncan and Jamie Maclaren who are on Olyroos duty.
The Glory are 1.61 to beat Western Sydney, who are 5.50 with the draw 3.80.
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