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Djulbic: Glory's defence was a big focus

Goal.com logo Goal.com 23-04-2017

Inspirational Perth Glory centre-back Dino Djulbic says a tightened defence set the platform for his side's unexpected finals win over Melbourne City.

After conceding four at home to the same opposition last week, Glory looked a different side at AAMI Park as they secured a highly efficient 2-0 victory to move into the semi-finals.

Perth had entered the A-League finals with 53 goals conceded this term - the equal worst defensive tally in the competition - but Djulbic combined brilliantly with recent arrival Lucian Goian to keep City's much-vaunted attack at bay.

"We knew they had firepower up front and we knew if we kept them out we were eventually going to score," Djulbic told Fox Sports.

"[Defence] was a big focus. With the four at the back and the two in front of us we work as a team.

"Tonight I thought we were excellent and they barely had a shot.

"We know what we are capable of doing and we want to take it all the way now."

Melbourne City 0 Perth Glory 2

Djulbic was immense in helping the visitors to a rare clean sheet, even putting his head on the line to block a late Michael Jakobsen thunderbolt.

"I saw it coming," the rugged stopper laughed.

"I was like 'should I duck or not?' I will always put my head where other people wouldn't.

"It paid off at the end."

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Glory target Sydney FC upset

The clean sheet was only Glory's fourth of the season.

To maintain an unlikely tilt at the A-League championship, Perth must now beat premiers Sydney FC in the Harbour City on Saturday night.

Sydney have beaten Glory in four meetings - including an FFA Cup Round of 16 tie - in 2016-17, with Sky Blues scoring nine goals to Perth's two.

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