Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy concedes after shocking howler

Perth were attempting to peg back City's superior goal difference in order to claim a home final, while Michael Valkanis' side were hoping to claim an Asian Champions League berth by finishing third.

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli concedes an elimination final exit to Perth Glory this weekend would be a failure for his team, and he's preaching a calmer approach after last Sunday's insane result in Perth. "It was just a great game".

The Roar and City retained their top-four spots to earn home elimination finals at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night and AAMI Park on Sunday night respectively.

Having defeated City 5-4 in a insane season-ender at nib Stadium on Sunday night, the Glory must like their chances of coming to Melbourne and repeating the dose.

Perth Glory 'keeper Liam Reddy showed why goalkeepers shouldn't play outfield during their A-League match against Melbourne City.

"It does pose a challenge between the broadcast and the crowd".

If they had done so, they would have moved ahead of their opponents in the A-League table and secured home game for the first round of the playoffs.

"We can always learn ... it doesn't matter whether you win or lose".

But City responded late, raining down on their western rivals to hold on and set up a tantalising replay of last season's elimination final at the same venue, won 2-0 by City.

"We should be able to select those dates and things that are convenient to us and not convenient to other codes", he said.

Perth jumped to a 4-1 lead by the 75th minute via goals from Andy Keogh, Chris Harold and Nebo Marinkovic and all of a sudden the Glory looked capable of getting the four-goal win it needed.

City is 7-3-3 at AAMI Park this year, the Glory 2-6-5 away from nib.

During the finals launch in Melbourne O'Rourke confirmed that "7pm appears to be much better in terms of the metrics that we've had all season".

The finals draw has been kind to City, with the real possibility they could spend two weekends in Melbourne on the way to a grand final.

"We need to stay more calm when we have the ball, try to create chances but also try to defend well".

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