Popovic: I'll enjoy this success more

15 April 2019 18:42:26 GMTPlus10

Head coach Tony Popovic says he will savour Perth Glory's A-League premiership success, after they secured top spot with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.

The Glory haven't won any silverware since chalking up their third NSL title in 2004, the year before the A-League began.

I've tried to enjoy it with the players along the way, I think that's something I've improved.

Tony Popovic

They missed out on last season's Finals Series but put their faith in Popovic - who led Western Sydney to the premiership in their first season in the league - to improve their fortunes.

At the first time of asking, Popovic has delivered the Premiers' Plate with two rounds still to go.

The Glory have only lost two of their 25 games so far and chalked up their 16th victory thanks to Ivan Franjic's second-half goal.

They will travel to Sydney FC, who had won the previous two premierships, in the penultimate round on Thursday and finish off the regular season at home to Wellington on 28th April.

Popovic, whose previous Premiers' Plate success came in 2012-13, said: "I probably didn't know how to enjoy that at that time. It happened so quickly and unexpectedly.

"Now I think you get more experience and you want to savour and enjoy the moment. That's probably me evolving and improving as a coach - I've tried to enjoy it with the players along the way, I think that's something I've improved."

Ahead of the trip to the Sky Blues, whose draw with Western Sydney on Saturday gave Perth the chance to clinch top spot, Popovic will have to monitor Juande and Jason Davidson who both picked up leg injuries against the Jets.

Socceroos striker Chris Ikonomidis is still working his way back to full fitness after dislocating his shoulder earlier this month.

The Glory are 4.33 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 1.75, with the draw 4.00.

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