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Glory look for more scoring avenues

NZN 6/11/2016 Chris Pike

Perth Glory know they need to find more avenues to goal aside from set pieces if they are to become the first A-League team to take points off Sydney FC this season.

After conceding a goal after 30 seconds at home to Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday, the Glory rebounded to take the lead as Alex Grant and Andy Keogh found the back of the net.

The Wanderers fought back to secure a draw thanks to Brendon Santalab's 67-minute equaliser.

With Nebojsa Marinkovic starting in place of injured Socceroos striker Adam Taggart, his set pieces have become a key component of Perth's game. His free kick led to Glory's first goal again on Sunday.

Glory assistant coach Andy Ord, who has been the main man on the sidelines the past two weeks with Kenny Lowe copping his pitchside ban, wants the team to have more goal-scoring options.

"It's always been a strength and there's no shame in being good at set pieces. When he's not on the pitch the delivery's not as good and other teams don't threaten with set pieces," Ord said.

"We knew that when we brought him (Marinkovic) to the club, it's one of his attributes and it's a weapon so why wouldn't you use it.

"There's no secret that we are good at set pieces but we'd like that to be the game winning things, not be what gets us back into a game. We want that to be the way to get three points and we need to find other avenues to score as well."

The next challenge for the fourth placed Glory is playing Sydney FC Sunday at Allianz Stadium. Ord is confident Perth can go well but knows they need to improve to stop the Sky Blues winning a sixth straight game to open the season.

"We've had a couple of wins over there the past two seasons, so we know we can win there," Ord said.

"We've probably got to get better in quite a few areas to be serious about going there and winning. It's a place where if you can take three points and deserve it, you really set the season up."

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