Glory, Phoenix eye off leaders
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Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix have set their sights on handing Melbourne City and Sydney FC their first defeats this weekend in the A-League.
Glory beat the Phoenix 2-0 in Perth on Sunday to get their first win of the season following a first up 3-3 draw with the Central Coast Mariners, but both teams have bigger things on their mind already.
Perth scored through Diego Castro (penalty) and Nebojsa Marinkovic in the second half, while Andy Keogh also missed a penalty.
The defeat leaves Wellington with two losses to start the season, with Sydney FC arriving on Sunday, while Glory has four points from the first two games.
Perth takes on the unbeaten Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Glory coach Kenny Lowe is looking forward to challenging an on-fire opponent spurred on by champion Socceroo Tim Cahill - who scored a wondergoal on debut this weekend.
"These are the games you want. I was watching the game when Cahill stuck one in the seven and I was jumping around like a nine-year-old kid. I thought it was fantastic," Lowe said.
"You want to go to Melbourne and play against those type of players.
"They look as though they have put one heck of a team together so let's go and measure ourselves."
The Phoenix did a lot right in their opening two matches despite losing to City and Glory without managing to score a goal.
Attacking threats Gui Finkler, Kosta Barbarouses and Michael McGlinchey haven't managed to score but in both games Wellington looked impressive at times.
The Phoenix return home to take on a Sky Blues outfit coming off 4-0 thumpings of Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast.
"I'm really disappointed not to have got a draw last week and I would have been happy with a draw this week, but it wasn't to be," coach Ernie Merrick said.
"We're not overly concerned because we have good players and we play good football.
"It will be good to play Sydney at home because I would rather play a good team at home rather than another one of these away trips or playing a lower-level team.
"Sydney are on top, they've scored eight goals and it's the ideal time for us to come back."