Coach Ian Ferguson has forecast changes after Perth Glory failed to break down a 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday at NIB stadium.
Ian Ferguson has forecast changes after Perth Glory failed to break down a 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday at NIB stadium.
The visitors took the lead in the 15th minute when Lacopo La Rocca headed home a cross from the right.
But Western Sydney had their backs against the wall when Youssouf Hersi was shown a red card in the 38th minute for kicking out at Scott Jamieson after the Glory left back tackled him from behind.
Perth, who were without marquee man Shane Smeltz for personal reasons, could not break down the stubborn Wanderers defence in the second half.
Ferguson said the team lacked the 'X-factor' to score.
"We had our chances, we just didn't take them," Ferguson said.
"We worked on getting down the side, we definitely worked on down the sides and probably a little bit more inside as well.
"We just struggled a little bit to find that sort of cutting edge or that little bit of maybe X-factor that could split the defence open."
Perth dominated the second half but failed to break the deadlock despite their 13 shots to Western Sydney's one.
The Wanderers were content to pack their defence as the Glory continually tried to use the width of the pitch.
Ferguson was pleased with the chances the team created and how many balls they put into the Wanderers' box, but felt the team lacked determination.
"We need to be more ruthless and we need people to have that hunger and desire to go and attack (the ball)," he said.
"It might hurt a little bit, but we've got to get in there and try and get that goal and at this moment of time I just don't see it."
"No excuses, but to me it's three points lost."
The Glory are hoping skipper Jacob Burns will return from a quad injury for next Saturday's home match against Wellington Phoenix.
But they may lose Dean Heffernan, who injured his back and was substituted after just half an hour.
Smeltz remains a 50-50 chance of playing next week.
"I'm going to contact Shane in the next 24 hours and give him the time that he needs and then I'll speak to him and see when he's going to be back."