Perth Glory vs. Melbourne Heart  2 - 0

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Ferguson rapt with composure

21 October 2012 13:13

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has praised his side's ability to control the game in their 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart on Sunday at nib Stadium.

Perth won their opening match of the season against Brisbane 1-0, but lost to Central Coast by the same scoreline in Gosford last weekend.

Ferguson said he put an emphasis on Perth's ability to control the ball throughout the week after their disappointing effort against the Mariners.

"I felt we were in control for a lot of the game, but with one goal in it you always feel as though Heart are going to be dangerous," he said.

"It could change in a heartbeat so we're always a little bit nervous until the second goal went in.

"There was a big emphasis this week on retaining the ball. Last week we were rushing things and turning the ball over.

"This week we worked really hard on retaining the ball and being patient and I was really pleased with that."

Melbourne struggled to work their way into the match across the afternoon and had only one shot on target, but Ferguson said he was well aware how quickly the game could have changed.

"The movement they've got with (Matt) Thompson and a breaking forward (Mate) Dugandzic coming in off the line, (Dylan) Macallister that big target man, it could change in a heartbeat," he said.

Temperatures rose above 30 degrees for the match with a 2:00pm kick-off in Perth and Ferguson's counterpart John Aloisi raised concerns about the effect it had on his team.

However, Ferguson played down the heat and said it was the same for both teams.

"I think when you look at our players at the moment in the dressing room they've put in a massive shift in the hot conditions," Ferguson said.

"It's not ideal to play at two o'clock in the afternoon, the hottest part of the day here, so they've put in a decent shift."

Perth brought Nick Ward off the bench for the third straight game as well as Chris Harold and they appeared to spark the Glory late as Melbourne fatigued.

"I had a chat with them before the game and said you're going to get the opportunity to come on because of the weather, the heat and so on and depending on how the game was going," Ferguson said.

"I knew bringing them in would give us that fresh energy and that's what proved to happen.

"Chris had three shots when he came on, (Adrian) Zahra did well as well and again, young boys just excited and enthusiastic they can make a big difference."

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Perth too hot for Heart

21 October 2012 13:09

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi says his side failed to cope with the heat in their 2-0 loss to Perth Glory on Sunday at NIB Stadium.

With temperatures over 30 degrees, Melbourne were outplayed by Perth for most of the match and appeared to fatigue in the second half.

Aloisi said his side were never in the game.

"For the first half we were probably not getting outplayed so much, but we didn't keep hold of the ball as well as we would have liked and in the second half Perth outplayed us and we struggled with the conditions, we really struggled," he said.

"We were flat, fatigued, then the game becomes stretched and they start to outplay you in midfield and it was a struggle for us.

"I know you can't make up excuses, but it's been quite cool in Melbourne and coming over here and playing at 2 o'clock in the afternoon it really affected us."

The game became fiery late in the first half when Michael Thwaite and Jacob Burns delivered hard tackles on the Heart's Dylan Macallister and Matt Thompson respectively.

A first-half clash also saw the Heart lose star player Fred to a poked eye.

"It's never nice to lose a player like Fred," Aloisi said.

"He couldn't see out of his eye, he was struggling, so he had to come off at half-time.

"That affects the team because you don't want to lose one of your best players, but still we've got other players out there that can do a job and we didn't do it."

"We know that Perth are a side that play physical, they (are) also a good footballing side."

It was Melbourne's first defeat of the season after they won the Melbourne derby in round 1 and drew 1-1 with Wellington Phoenix last weekend.

Aloisi said the impressive start to the season made Sunday's performance more disappointing.

"We started off the first two games well, creating a lot of chances. Today we didn't create much, one off a set piece, I think (David) Vrankovic had, that was about it," he said.

"That's the disappointing bit because last week we were down to 10 men and still able to create chances.

"Against Victory we probably created six or seven clear-cut, last week the same, then today we just weren't in it.

"We didn't create anything, we didn't really look like threatening Perth and we deserved to lose and that's probably why it was so disappointing because the first two games we played well."

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A-League wrap: Glory go equal top, Roar held in NZ

21 October 2012 10:26

Goals from Dean Heffernan and Billy Mehmet helped Perth Glory to a 2-0 A-League win over Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on Sunday.

The win sees Perth equal with league leaders Adelaide United and Newcastle on six points from three matches.

Heffernan scored the Glory's first in the 38th minute after some sloppy Heart defending before Mehmet doubled the advantage in the 85th minute.

Mehmet had missed a number of opportunities throughout the match before he eventually added his name to the scoresheet with his second goal of the season.

Heffernan scored when a botched Heart clearance from a Jacob Burns corner saw the ball come across the face of goal and allow Heffernan to tap home the goal from just five yards.

Earlier, Wellington Phoenix remain unbeaten this season after claiming a 1-1 draw against defending champions Brisbane Roar.

Both goals came in the first half with neither side able to land the killer blow, with few chances created in a dull second half.

Striker Stein Huysegems continued his solid start to his Phoenix career to open the scoring in the 16th minute with a well-taken goal before Besart Berisha finished nicely to grab the equaliser six minutes before the break.

A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +20 57
2 27 +26 54
3 27 +3 44
4 27 +1 41
5 27 +4 35
6 27 -2 32
7 27 -10 32
8 27 -15 31
9 27 -9 27
10 27 -18 27