Griffiths: Glory not at our best yet

Perth midfielder Rostyn Griffiths believes Glory can get better after knocking Melbourne Victory out of the FFA Cup.

Glory put four goals past Victory to book a spot in the FFA Cup semi-finals, recording their third win from their past four games in the league and cup. 

Griffiths told FourFourTwo that despite Glory’s strong start to the season they can improve.

“It was a tough game physically after such a tough game against Adelaide,” he said.

“Victory are a very good side. We were fortunate that a few of their main players weren’t able to last the whole game. But they still had a very strong team out so we were delighted to get the win.

“I think we did well to recover going down to a very good goal. Victory are a strong team and move the ball well but I thought as the game we on we got better and better.

“I think the good thing is we are creating chances and have people who are putting them away.

“Although I still don’t think we are anywhere near our best yet, which is a positive that we can only get better.

“The club is thrilled to be in the next round. I think it’s important to take the competition seriously, which I believe every team has so far.”
Perth opened the 2014-15 A-League campaign with a 2-1 victory away over Wellington Phoenix and then a late 3-2 win against Brisbane Roar at home.

Glory went down 2-0 to Adelaide United last weekend but got back to winning ways against Melbourne Victory.

The West Australian side faces the struggling Newcastle Jets at NIB Stadium on Saturday.

“It’s good to bounce back with a win after the Adelaide game so in some ways it was fortunate to be able to play so soon,” Griffiths said.

“This weekend we have another very important game against a side that will be looking to rectify a poor result last week.

“It’s crucial for us to pick up points at home as it’s so tough for us to play away, so we will reassess and put out the strongest team possible.”

Other A-League teams have complained about the midweek games but Griffiths said he has enjoyed the challenge.

“I personally love the midweek games, miles better than training, but obviously we didn’t have to travel,” the former Central Coast Mariner said.

“From Victory’s point of view it would have been tough.”

Perth will face either the Mariners, Adelaide United or surprise packets Bentleigh Greens in the final four of the FFA Cup.

“I think ideally it would be great to avoid Adelaide at this stage but a home game would definitely be ideal for us,” Griffiths said.

“The less travel the better.”

Fellow Glory midfielder Ruben Zadkovich has yet to make an appearance this season for his new club, as he recovers from a back complaint.

The former Jets skipper is expected to fit for selection in the next few weeks.

“Rubes isn’t too far off we hope,” Griffiths said.

“He’s been back training recently so for it’s a matter of getting some fitness and then we can get him back in the squad.

“He will be a great addition for the team so the sooner the better.”