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Australian Football: Fornaroli backs Keogh to shine

Perth Glory striker Bruno Fornaroli has saluted the work Andy Keogh puts in for the team and has backed him to get back among the goals sooner rather than later.

Glory are out to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and could do with Keogh finding his shooting boots once again as they struggle for goals.

Out of form

Glory have scored just nine goals in 10 games this season with Fornaroli bagging five of them, while Keogh remains goalless.

The Irishman scored four goals in one game against Western Sydney Wanderers last season, but that has been it since he made his return to the club.

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Even so Fornaroli says Keogh cannot be criticised as he is putting in a lot of work for the team that sometimes goes unnoticed.

"Andy, sometimes he is sacrificing for the team because he’s playing in another position, another role, maybe not a natural position," Fornaroli told reporters. "He might not score but he does many, many good things for the team.

"Sometimes our formation changes and he has to drop a little bit between centre backs, closer to the goal, and he tries to create for me.

"He plays a different role but he will find a way to score. He’s a great player. I don’t have to say anything to him because he knows the goals will come. It will be a breaking point and he will start to score again."

Western response needed

Glory are back in action when they face top-of-the-ladder Western United on Sunday and Fornaroli admits there needs to be a big improvement on the performance they put in against Macarthur in midweek.

They lost 1-0 and could not find a way back into the game after conceding an early goal.

"We couldn’t find a way of making chances and missed final passes," Fornaroli added. "We must improve in that way and get confidence again. After the goal, we couldn’t find a way to come back into the game. We missed a lot of passes, couldn’t find a way to create as much.

"We tried to positive. We can’t get stuck on one game. It’s time to look forward. We need the points."

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