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Central Coast travel to Perth for tough encounter

Perth Glory hosts Central Coast Mariners in Round 13 of the A-League this Saturday night. One thing Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna knows, that despite the Glory being down the bottom of the table, his side is in for a tough encounter.

"It's never easy going to Perth, it doesn't matter how bad Perth are doing, it's going to be hard - they're a big, physical team," said McKinna. "They got beat 4-1 by Queensland last week, but they should have been up a goal or two by half time.

"They've got a few skilful players there as well and a bit of pace, they're a good team and taking everything into account with travel and the time difference, it's a hard trip."

Central Coast, coming off a 2-1 away loss to league leaders Melbourne Victory, regains the services of key playmaker Dean Heffernan who has been out with a long-term injury along with Greg Owens, Paul O'Grady, Andrew Clark, Chris Tadrosse and David D'Apuzzo.

The Glory welcomes back Brazilian midfielder Amaral into the squad along with Nick Rizzo and Scott Bulloch, all of whom are back from injury, plus veteran goalkeeper Frank Juric who has been promoted.

Andrew Slevison
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