Psychologist urges Perth Glory players to make a stand

Leading sports psychologist Jeff Bond has urged the embattled players at A-League club Perth Glory to make a stand.

The Western Australian outfit have lost their past six matches, culminating in an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to the previously winless Sydney FC on the weekend.

Ahead of their Week 12 clash with Central Coast Mariners at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, Bond says the players really need to stand up and be counted for the club to turn around this losing streak.

“Skill doesn't disappear in a hurry and it's not likely to disappear," he told WAtoday. "(The problem) is probably sitting more between their ears than anywhere else.

"Really, really good teams go through slumps, so the question is, how do you turn the cycle around?

"It comes down to good coaching and comes down to individual players within the team.

“(These players) have a huge significant influence on the culture and direction of a group. They have a strong influence over the others.

"It comes down to some of those individuals to turn the corner.

"There should be a change in focus, mental approach and the desire on the part of some key people to turn this around."