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A League results 2021, Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory, goals, highlights, score, ladder, fixtures

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They’ve taken a while to get going this season but after ripping apart a defensively abhorrent Perth Glory for their third win in a row, the Western Sydney Wanderers have made their strongest claim yet that they are legitimate A-League title contenders.

The three-nil victory at Bankwest Stadium was inspired by star striker Mitch Duke who netted a double to make it four goals in six games since returning on loan from Saudi Arabia and helped take the Wanderers into clear second spot on the table and five points behind Central Coast at the summit.

For Perth, the defeat was a stark reminder of their defensive deficiencies as they were torn apart at will by a Western Sydney side who also had three marginal offside goals ruled out via the VAR.

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It’s the tenth straight Glory game without a clean sheet.

After the three disallowed goals, two of them to Bernie Ibini, Duke finally opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time by meeting a delightful James Troisi cross and powering a header past a hapless Liam Reddy.

His second came just two minutes after the interval when he was played through by a brilliant Keanu Baccus pass from deep and converted a one-on-one chance thanks to a superb first touch under pressure.

The Glory’s porous defence was breached once more for the third goal, this time by Ibini who unselfishly teed up Troisi who was able to walk the ball in for just his second goal in Wanderers colours.

BIG ZIGGY STYLE

Having virtually hit the halfway mark of the season many pundits will be compiling their teams of the season to this point and Ziggy Gordon is a lock to be a regular in central defence. The Wanderers weren;t tested often in this one but on 57 minutes he made a miraculous block with his toe to deny a certain Glory goal and continue his fantastic campaign to date.

NEIL’S NIGHTMARE

You had to feel for Neil Kilkenny in the first half. Arguably the Glory’s most influential player this season he spent the first 45 minutes utterly incredulous at his own back four. Just before half-time he took matters into his own hands and made a great block to deny a goal, only for his team to concede a minute later.

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