Rookie rides Glory's steep learning curve

Perth Glory’s rookie defender Matthew Davies has gone through a rollercoaster ride of experiences in his first season of A-League football.

Davies has made 15 appearances since his debut in October against Melbourne Heart – in a season where the club has seen off one head coach and suffered a string of terrible results.

Perth, winless in their last 10 outings, is rooted to the bottom of the league table and the 19-year-old admits it hasn’t been the easiest of initiations to the A-League.

“The run of results hasn’t been ideal so it’s been an interesting introduction to senior football,” Davies said.

“Morale and effort has still been consistently good among the playing group all season though. The biggest learning curve has been the adjustment to senior football and its cutthroat nature.”

Perth was beaten 3-0 by Western Sydney at Pirtek Stadium on the weekend, the team’s 12th loss of the season.

“I think we probably deserved to lose that game, we were out worked and out played,” Davies said.

“Basic errors have cost us, as they have for the last few weeks.”

Davies was promoted to the senior Glory team from the National Youth League side at the start of the season. A regular in the Perth starting XI, apart from a month out of football when he was rested in February, the right back believes the team cannot afford to dwell on their poor run.

“Looking forward we just have to pick ourselves up and not feel sorry for ourselves,” he added.

“We’ll try and finish off the season with some good results and look to rebuild some belief.”

But Perth’s task doesn’t get any easier this weekend with the arrival of the Newcastle Jets fresh from their record 5-0 smashing of Wellington Phoenix.

The Jets are pushing for a finals berth among a host of teams, but Davies is confident the Glory can make it difficult for the visitors.

“It’s a massive ask,” he said. “(But) we won’t make it easy for them to come and get a result at our home ground though.”