Edwards says Glory can be finals factor
After celebrating his first win as fulltime Perth Glory coach, Alistair Edwards is convinced his side has the potential to cause havoc in the A-League finals.
All they have to do is get there.
The Glory's pulsating 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night came with the latest of late shows - Josh Risdon scoring a winner four minutes into stoppage time.
It came just after the Victory had equalised with a dubious goal in the 89th minute, which would have given the home side an undeserved point as they had been flat and second-best for much of the match.
But the Glory's ability to set aside any deflation, focus and get the win they needed to keep their season alive buoys Edwards that last year's grand finalists can become a wrecking ball in the playoffs.
The Glory could wrap up a top six spot by beating Adelaide United at home next weekend.
"Every single game we've had so far, we've been playing catch-up," said Edwards, who took over as interim coach after Ian Ferguson's mid-season sacking, and was permanently appointed last week.
"We were rock-bottom when I came in, and now we're still in there (finals contention). For us to come away with this type of performance and get the three points, it just now sets it up.
"We've got it all to play for next week against Adelaide. There's a genuine belief - you can see that from some of the individual performances."
Under Edwards, the Glory appear to be making the transition from mid-season basket cases to one of the competition's most attractive and likeable teams to watch.
On Saturday night they allied beautiful football with a lionhearted effort - without three of their most important players in Shane Smeltz, Jacob Burns and Michael Thwaite.
With midfielder Liam Miller playing more as a No.10 under Edwards, Japanese youngster Ryo Nagai given a starting role, and Travis Dodd more advanced, the Glory have weaponry in the attacking third.
All three combined brilliantly for one of the Glory's goals, and former Irish international Miller is in the game-changing form he produced late last season to guide the Glory into the grand final.