Midweek schedule demanding but part of the job – Perth Glory’s Velaphi

Perth Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi admits the midweek schedule places extra physical and mental pressure on the players but insists it is part of the job.

Perth Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi admits the midweek schedule places extra physical and mental pressure on the players but insists it is part of the job.

The 23-year old, who has already notched up over 50 A-League appearances, is preparing for the Glory’s away clash with Adelaide United tomorrow night and admits it does feel a bit weird to be gearing up again just days after their most recent match (1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday).

"It sort of jumbles up your week," he told WA Today.

"I don't really know what day it is. I'm used to playing on a Saturday or a Sunday and all of a sudden there's Wednesday games, so it does mix it up a little bit but that's what we get paid for so we just get on with it.

"Physically, it's especially demanding for probably more the outfield players more so than myself... but that's the way the FFA has scheduled it.

"I think all teams go through the same type of thing so that's what we've been dealt so we've just got to get on with it and do the best we can."

The Glory have now dropped eight of their past nine matches and face a Reds side who have lost their last two. Velaphi is aware Adelaide will be keen to right the wrongs of their current form slide.

“Maybe their confidence might be down but at the same time it's hard to play teams after they've just lost and they're always willing to come back," he added. "So it's going to be a tough game, it's always tough in Adelaide, the crowd's pretty parochial so we'll just go out there and give it a real good crack."

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