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WSW must reverse errors, Perth home record

NZN 5/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Western Sydney will have to overcome one of the A-League's best home records in Perth on Sunday if last season's grand finalists are to claim a second win.

The Glory are undefeated in their past eight games at nib Stadium, with six victories and two draws, and last weekend's tough away loss to Brisbane will have Kenny Lowe's side amped to put the Wanderers to the sword.

To avoid being punished the visitors will need far more efficiency than the last fortnight's wasteful displays against traditional battlers Newcastle and Central Coast.

In particular, the defensive errors that allowed those two very winnable matches to slip to draws won't fly against Andy Keogh's 90 per cent shooting accuracy and Diego Castro's creative influence.

Whether or not coach Tony Popovic is privately ruing the slow start, in public at least he insists team confidence isn't an issue.

"There are things we have to do better ... but the signs are good," Popovic said.

"We've had two good performances for 60 minutes (against the Jets and Mariners).

"We've got to extend that period and see if we can deal with those small details a bit better.

"But there's no finger-pointing or pointing out players individually - it's a collective."

It's unclear who Popovic will select to lead the line, citing Kerem Bulut's improvements in training but not confirming whether or Brendon Santalab will get the nod.

He was also cagey on whether attacking trio Jumpei Kusukami, Mitch Nichols and Nicolas Martinez would combine for a second time.

The Glory looks likely to be without skipper Rostyn Griffiths, who hasn't trained properly this week since aggravating a neck injury in a collision with the Roar's Brett Holman.

Striker Adam Taggart (calf) could be out for a fourth straight match while Nebojsa Marinkovic is expected to play despite missing Friday's session with ankle soreness.

Lowe will again watch from the stands as he serves the second of his two-match ban but expected his absence would have no impact, having already given his team a midweek "kick up the arse" over their loss.

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Western Sydney are undefeated in their last three games against Perth (W2, D1)

* They are the only active team against whom the Glory are yet to keep a clean sheet

* Perth (58%) are the only side this season with a shooting accuracy of greater than one in two, though the Wanderers (50%) aren't far behind

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