Actions speak louder than words for Popovic's ladder leaders
Tony Popovic has six reasons to be confident of his side sealing their maiden Hyundai A-League Premiership.
The men from the west are six points clear of nearest competitors Melbourne Victory following Victory’s 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Friday night in front of a record crowd at Eden Park.
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And, with his side still to play Victory and Sydney FC one more time this season, Popovic knows Glory's fate is in their hands.
“We are being asked now if we can stay at the top,” Popovic told perthglory.com.au.
“The best way of answering that is by our actions.
“Words won’t be remembered on Saturday night, but our actions will.
“We’ve been the best and most consistent team up to now and after 18 Rounds that’s where we deserve to be.
“Now it’s up to us to try and keep that gap by winning against Brisbane.”
Perth Glory host Brisbane Roar at HBF Park on Saturday, February 16 at 10pm AEDT.
Brisbane are on cloud nine following their come-from-behind win over Sydney FC in Round 18, after Dylan Wenzel-Halls' 90th minute strike gave the Roar all three points.
However, with talismanic striker Adam Taggart departing during the week, Darren Davies’ side will have a massive void to fill.
Popovic noted the mix of youth rising through Brisbane’s ranks ahead of the massive clash.
“(Brisbane) showed a lot of spirit and fight to come back which is not easy to do wen you’ve been on a poor run,” said Popovic.
“They’ve got some exciting young talent there and we have to be ready for that.
“They haven’t got much to lose and they’ll come here to Perth with a lot of energy.
“We just need to keep playing our football and respect our opponent, but know that if we play to our full capabilities we can get three points.”