PERTH Glory will hope to cement its position in the top five when it hosts Wellington Phoenix tonight at Perth Oval.
The Glory boys, who are coming off a 1-1 away draw with Western Sydney Wanderers on New Year’s Day, are in fifth spot three places ahead of their opponents.
Adam Taggart was the hero against the Wanderers in the 14th minute after some neat link-up play with winger and man-of-the-match Chris Harold. Taggart broke free and burst down the flank to rifle his shot past Wanderers keeper Jerrad Tyson into the back of the net.
Glory was resolute in defence for most of the game and had opportunities to double its lead, however, the hosts were able to equalise in the second ’45 through Jaushua Sotirio, who beat the off-side trap.
Perth skipper Rostyn Griffiths had a chance to close the deal for Glory in the dying minutes of the match but his shot narrowly missed the post.
Glory was sixth going into the Wanderers clash on the back of a pulsating 3-3 draw against Melbourne City.
The Perth-Phoenix clash kicks off at 6pm on Thursday, January 5.