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Glory aim to break down wall
Steve McGarry

Patience will be the key to Perth Glory breaking down one of the stingiest defensive units in the A-League this season.

Competition new boys Western Sydney Wanderers have conceded just five goals in their first six games - a record only bettered by top sides Central Coast and Adelaide, who have conceded four each.

And the Wanderers have recently found form at the other end of the park, scoring in each of their past three games and winning two.

They will be out to end Glory's seven-game winning streak at nib Stadium when they make their first trip to Perth on Sunday.

Midfielder Steven McGarry said Western Sydney would be hard to break down but backed Glory's attacking players to find an opening.

"They seem very well organised and they've got some good players that can cause you damage," McGarry said.

"They're very defensively sound and (nearly) conceded the least amount of goals.

"The manager (Tony Popovic) has got them well structured. They look pretty solid and it's going to be tough.

"We've got to be positive, but at the same time we need to be patient.

"You can't go flinging everybody forward.

"You need to keep the ball and wait for an opening, but I think we've definitely got the players in our squad to open up a defence and it's not been a problem this season."

Japanese superstar Shinji Ono hasn't generated the same sort of fanfare as fellow marquee players Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney) and Emile Heskey (Newcastle) this season, but the Western Sydney midfielder is beginning to make his mark on the competition.

McGarry has dropped into a defensive midfield role in the absence of injured captain Jacob Burns and will cross paths with Ono, who managed to play a full 90 minutes in last Saturday's loss to Newcastle.

"Ono looks as if his fitness is getting better and better every week," McGarry said.

"He looked very sharp at the weekend again."

Burns tore his left quadriceps a fortnight ago and is no chance to play this week.

But he trained away from the main group yesterday and could come into contention for next week's game against Wellington.

Meanwhile, the State Government is close to finalising a compensation package for Glory who are seeking $1.2 million in anticipation of lost revenue during the redevelopment of nib Stadium.

The $95 million redevelopment took a step forward yesterday, with the completion of the southern stand increasing the limited capacity to 11,200.

Glory claim they need 12,500 fans at home games to break even under their existing stadium agreement.

"We recognise that there's been disruption to Perth Glory and we've recognised that all the way through," Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said.

"We've been in talks with Perth Glory regarding compensation.

"Those talks are just about at an end point and they've been very positive, so I expect that to be wound up pretty quickly."