Glory have ‘forgotten’ Premiers Plate as focus turns to Championship

Perth Glory star Chris Ikonomidis says the team is not reflecting on their historic Premiers Plate victory, instead looking towards the final day of the season.

The 23-year old is set to make his return from a shoulder injury in Perth’s final round match against Wellington Phoenix at HBF Park.

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Speaking to media ahead of the fixture, Ikonomidis said there was only one thing on the players’ minds.

“The Plate’s there but we’ve kind of forgotten about it in the meantime,” Ikonomidis said.

“We want to win the Grand Final so we’re going to give everything we have for this next match on Sunday, the semis and then the big one.

“It only takes being around here in Perth for a few minutes to see we’ve definitely got that winning mentality and the winning culture. We’re going to really fire up now and fine tune all the little details to go in as strong as possible.”

Manager Tony Popovic echoed the Caltex Socceroos winger’s thoughts as Glory look to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Sydney FC last Thursday, their first away defeat all season.

Chris Ikonomidis wins it for Glory back in Round 2.

Popovic revealed the side had ramped up their efforts as they look to ‘do the double’.

"The best indicator for us is the way they [the players] have performed day in, day out, at training,” Popovic said.

“From what we've seen since the fantastic result of winning the Premiers' Plate, we sense the intensity and focus have lifted.

"They know there are some big games coming up and Sunday is one of them. They all want to be a part of it and be as best prepared as they can be to make a difference.

"The most important aspect for us is the performance and that will give us momentum.

"We've shown that whenever we've done that, we've usually come out on top and this is another opportunity to do that."

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