Zahra: Glory will defy wooden spoon odds

Perth Glory winger Adrian Zahra says the club remains confident they can avoid the A-League wooden spoon and end a nine-game winless run.

The Glory hasn’t taken all three points since defeating Melbourne Heart 3-0 at nib Stadium on January 10.

Over the past nine games the club has managed three draws and six losses, and is currently anchored to the bottom of the competition table with just 22 points.

The Glory looked set for a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory last Saturday night but a 90th minute strike from Archie Thompson sealed the win for the visitors.

“Losing at home in front of your supporting crowd in the last minute is definitely disappointing, not only ourselves but our fans - especially because of where we stand on the table,” Zahra said.

“A result would have been great and we thought at a minimum we deserved a point.”

Zahra came off the bench against Victory but has missed the previous five matches for Perth.

“Missing out in this last month of football was a bit of everything, from not being selected to having an ankle niggle, which kept me out for two or so games,” the 23-year old said.

“Regardless of whether I’m in the starting XI or on the bench I just want to add value, help our club find some good form in the remaining games, and get us off this poor run of results and off the bottom of the table.”

Perth’s 2013-2014 season has been a tumultuous one with the sacking of head coach Alistair Edwards in December (replaced by Kenny Lowe), a dressing room bust-up, player arguments, a number of changes in the playing roster and fan unrest.

The Glory have won just five of their 23 games and face Western Sydney away, Newcastle and the Central Coast at home, and Sydney FC away in their final four A-League fixtures. 

“I think every game’s big whether or not there’s something to play for and, for us, each game until the end of the season is a six-pointer,” Zahra said.

“The Wanderers have had a heavy schedule and we’re hoping to go over there and capitalise on that.”

Zahra said there was no one specific reason for the recent run of results, adding: “I think we’ve been good in most games of late but we haven’t been able to capitalise on our chances and possession

“Confidence is a big thing in football and I wouldn’t even put it down to that because we’ve never gone into a game thinking we can’t win and get a result.”

But the former Melbourne Heart midfielder said it was time for Glory to give their supporters something to cheer about.

“Our main aim now is to continue to work ever so hard to rectify our season,” Zahra said.

“Give our fans and paying members something to be happy about come the last game of the year - and not take that wooden spoon.

“We’re very confident as a playing group that we’ll definitely get out of this position we’ve put ourselves in.”