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Australian Football: Glory target finals push

Perth Glory skipper Brandon O'Neill says they have a great chance of securing a place in the top six after returning to WA with nine home games to come.

Glory have had a tough 2021/22 A-League campaign and have played just one game at HBF Park, which was a 1-1 draw against Adelaide United back in November.

Tough times on the road

Due to the Western Australia borders being closed, Glory have spent the season on the road and O'Neill admits it has been mentally challenging for all involved.

They have done well to pick up 11 points from the 11 games on their travels and sit in ninth place on the ladder, six points behind Sydney FC in sixth.

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They have three games in hand on the Sky Blues and will need to make home advantage count between now and the end of the season if they are to achieve their aim.

O'Neill says everyone is delighted to be back and they can finally get back into the routine of training and properly preparing for games.

Glory eye home comforts

The aim is also a simple but difficult one. Win all nine home games starting with another showdown against Adelaide United on Sunday.

"We’ve been juggling too many balls," O’Neill told reporters ahead of the game. We were in limbo. We were well on our way to being mentally affected but we still fronted up.

"We did the best with what we were given. To rock up and have 11 healthy boys ready to rip in was an achievement in itself.

"We are still here and we’ve got probably our best chance heading into a finals series ahead of us. We’ve set a little bit of a standard for ourselves, how we want to play. Every single home game, we expect to win."

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