Perth Glory eye home victory after silencing Saints

Perth Glory have booked an FFA Cup home quarter-final date with Melbourne Victory after defeating St Albans Saints 4-1 on Tuesday.

Goals to Jamie Maclaren and Andy Keogh, as well as a brace by Nebojsa Marinkovic, sealed Glory’s place in the next round.

Rostyn Griffiths, who started and played 67 minutes in midfield against the Saints, described it as a difficult encounter.

“The game was tough, they were a physical side who played to their strengths with some very direct balls in to the strikers,” he said.

“They were particularly dangerous off set pieces. It was a good win for us because we had to defend well and not allow them to get a foothold in the game.

“We played well in parts and ground them down and put some good goals away.”

The Cup clash was played at Knights Stadium, the home ground of the Melbourne Knights, because of lighting issues.

“So far so good for the boys, everyone has come away from it OK,” Griffiths said.

“It was a good atmosphere at the stadium, the crowd made plenty of noise and were definitely behind St Albans.

“The pitch from our perspective was difficult to play on but as always it was the same for both teams.”

Perth will enjoy home advantage for its quarter-final against the Victory, set to be played at NIB Stadium next month.

“Obviously drawing Melbourne Victory at home is a tough test but we should be fully fit by then and a few more games under belt,” Griffiths said.

“It’s a difficult tie. Melbourne are a good side but so are we and it’s our home advantage so we need to make that count.

“Of course making the semi-finals (would be) massive for Perth. We want to be in the grand final, it would be a great occasion for the club and the fans.”