Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia believes his side are heading in the right direction despite slipping to a 2-0 defeat against Western United.
Glory are priced at 9/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and currently sit six points away from finals with five games in hand.
Western won the game thanks to goals from Aleksandar Prijovic and Dylan Pierias but Glory did have their moments with Adam Zimarino, Daniel Stynes and Bruno Fornaroli all going close.
The defeat comes on the back of a 1-0 loss to Macarthur but Garcia felt his side put in a better performance and preferred to focus on the positives.
Glory will soon return to Perth to play a home game at HBF Park for the first time since November and Garcia believes that will also give his players a huge lift.
"The difference between tonight and the other night was like chalk and cheese," he told the club's website. "I thought the lads were a lot better; they played the way we need to play and we probably just need to be a bit more clinical and have a bit more cutting edge in that final third.
"The guys played very well up to the final third and were very patient, but just lacked that bit of ingenuity to break things down.
"Credit to Western United, they sit behind the ball and get everyone behind the ball very quickly and we just needed a bit more creativity in that final third. If we build off tonight’s performance, I think the guys are heading in the right direction."