Billy Mehmet needs to rediscover his early season goalscoring form against Newcastle. Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/Justin Benson-Cooper
Both Perth and Newcastle have been in freefall over the past month. The sides have an identical record since mid-November, with three losses and one draw from their last four starts. Goalscoring has been a big problem; both the Glory and Jets have failed to find the back of the net in all six of those combined defeats.
It was a far different story in early November when Glory substitute Chris Harold struck home an 85th-minute winner as the home side triumphed 3-2 . Prior to that match, Jets striker Emile Heskey had scored four goals in three starts, but things have dried up since then, and the former Liverpool and Leicester City marksman hasn’t made it on to the scoresheet since the 2-1 win over Western Sydney in round 6 which was the Jets’ last victory.
It has been even longer between drinks for Ian Ferguson’s outfit. Glory last win was the victory over the Jets, although they should have taken at least a point away from AAMI Park at the weekend, but Golgol Mebrahtu’s last-gasp goal gave Heart the 1-0 win. Perth does have a strong record at nib Stadium this season, though, having won three of its five matches at home.
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