Zadkovich: Teams haven't figured us out

Perth Glory midfielder Ruben Zadkovich believes opposition clubs haven’t figured out the league leaders and says a sticky period was always going to come.

Glory have managed only one draw from their past three matches, all at home, to see their lead at the A-League summit cut to a solitary point.

In addition, Perth have conceded eight goals in those three matches and next face their bogey side, Adelaide United, who they’ve lost to in all three encounters this season.

Sydney employed counter-attacking tactics against Glory in Saturday’s 3-1 result, pouncing on three Perth errors, similar to Melbourne Victory and Adelaide in the previous two matches.

Despite this approach, Zadkovich insisted opposition sides hadn’t figured Glory out.

“They are doing to us what we did to them earlier in the season,” Zadkovich told FourFourTwo.

“If you look back, we were scoring a lot of goals on the counter and catching teams out. In the last couple of weeks a few teams have done that to us.

“You’re naïve to think you’re going to go the whole season without having hiccups.

“We’re in a bit of a sticky patch but then again they are three games against three quality teams.

“It’s not like we’ve been outplayed either. It’s a case of quality teams jumping on our mistakes and putting us to the sword.”

Perth’s stunning start to the campaign, which saw them win nine of their opening 11 league fixtures, came as a surprise to many.

However, there had been an expectation the surprise packets would eventually slide, but Zadkovich insisted Glory knew how to reverse their form slump.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out what we need to do better,” Zadkovich said.

“Our errors have been quite glaring which is a good thing because we know what to fix.

“Every time we’ve made a mistake, we’ve been put to the sword.

“We need to eradicate that and go back to what we were doing before, which was making minimal mistakes and looking really strong through the spine of the team.”

Mitch Nichols has been training well for Glory after a calf injury, but Zadkovich felt the club would take a cautious approach with his return.

The hard-nosed midfielder also said he was likely to play alongside Rostyn Griffiths who returns from suspension, while Denis Kramar would replace Dino Djulbic after his red card against Sydney.