Red & Black Football

Set piece woes and the change in tune for Martinez

Perth’s ability to hit a dead ball so sweetly is an undeniable asset to the club, especially looking at their first goal on Sunday evening against the Wanderers.

But when considering the Wanderers often leaky defence against set pieces, was it really such a good play?

Both defensive and offensive issues have been present for the wanderers since year 1, never really have the wanderers presented a huge threat from set pieces or even defend them quite well.

It is hard to tell whether its Poppa choice concerning the attacking threat from corners or set pieces but in terms of defence it’s a general change that needs to occur in order for fewer goals to be conceded from set pieces.

Despite the poor return in terms of set pieces one of the best surprise packets was Nico Martinez, who I highly doubted as a decent signing in preseason.

Being loaned out from a big club since signing for Olympias’s, Martinez’ stats don’t look too appealing for an attacking midfielder and I was the first to judge a book by its cover.

If last weekend’s game wasn’t enough proof then looking at weeks previous will be the best indicator.

Nearly bagging an assist in the first minute of being on in the Derby, albeit being denied by an outstanding Danny Vukovic save.

The following week he sparked the counter attack for our first goal against Adelaide, staying calm on the ball to glide the ball past defenders.

With 2 guest appearances from the bench being more then impressive my judgement began to change.

But his performance against Perth was a true showing of class and his pure ability to create and score goals.

His bottom corner finish was suburb; going through the defenders legs was a sublime way to start.

The continuation of his class showed with the assist for Santalab to save the day once more.

It’s fair to say that from this one showing Martinez has certainly changed the views of this one fan, hopefully he can be the creative spark we’ve missed and lead us to title glory both domestically and in Asia

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