Griffiths says little Glory so far this season

LIFT NEEDED: Rostyn Griffiths says the Perth Glory haven't played to their potential.
LIFT NEEDED: Rostyn Griffiths says the Perth Glory haven't played to their potential. TONY MCDONOUGH

PERTH captain Rostyn Griffiths admits the Glory have struggled to live up to high expectations this season.

But the midfielder says he's confident the team has only scratched the surface of its potential.

"It's a tough one, I think there was a lot of expectations on us at the beginning of the season with obviously the squad that we've built - and rightly so because I think I'd rather be a team that people have got expectations on,” Griffiths said.

"Perhaps we've underachieved a bit to be honest on where we'd like to be and where we probably should be with the squad we've assembled.”

Perth's first half of the season has been far from ideal, with a combination of on-field struggles and continued talk of off-field unhappiness.

The Glory have had three wins this season to sit in sixth place on the ladder, equal on points with the Western Sydney Wanderers, whom they face tomorrow at ANZ Stadium.

But the holding midfielder said he had noticed a clear boost in his team in recent weeks.

"For me, I think the last few weeks the signs and the directions are slowly changing,” Griffiths said.

"I think we're starting to feel a lot more positive and we're starting to finally figure out what we are good at and we've got some results and we've lost some results as well.

"We've lost some games that we probably could have got something out of.

"So we've been a little bit disappointing but I think going forward we can get the right players on the pitch and play the way we know we can, we'll be pretty strong and we're hoping for a good second half of the season.”

Perth is winless in its past five games, conceding 12 goals in that time, but showed in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Melbourne City this week that it is capable of matching it with the competition's best.

The return of Diego Castro has helped the side, with the Spaniard producing two goals against City.

Meanwhile, the Wanderers are the only A-League side yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Coach Tony Popovic will be without suspended top scorer Brendon Santalab for the clash, with his absence exacerbated by the departure of fellow striker Kerem Bulut this week.


Wanderers v Glory, 6.50pm tomorrow (AEST)

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