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Breakdown: Perth exploit Wellington’s weaknesses

Right from kick-off Perth Glory made their intentions clear against the Wellington Phoenix, immediately knocking a long ball in behind for Andy Keogh and Youssouf Hersi to chase.

Right from kick-off Perth Glory made their intentions clear against the Wellington Phoenix, immediately knocking a long ball in behind for Andy Keogh and Youssouf Hersi to chase.

They seemed especially keen to play quick, direct football, trying to hit the space in behind Wellington’s back four whenever they had the ball.

Keogh naturally sprints in behind, while Hersi, now back in his familiar right-sided role, also chased balls over the top, both able to out-sprint the Wellington defenders.

If it weren’t for the poor timing of their runs (Perth were caught offside 10 times in this match, nearly an A-League record for this season) they might have added to their goal tally.

Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/breakdown-how-kenny-kept-glory-one-step-ahead#LEOs2ZWizEr5wKRo.99

By Tim Palmer

Tim is a football coach, writer, analyst and sports scientist. He is currently Assistant Technical Director, Head of Player Development & Video and a coach at GHFA Spirit, as well as working with the Pararoos. Previously, he has worked as an analyst with the Socceroos, and in the A-League.

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