Edwards turns tide to get Glory fans onside
Alastair Edwards, left and assistant Gareth Naven watch Perth Glory's win over the Mariners. Pic: Reuters

Perth Glory fans will have to get used to a patient and controlled style of game under interim coach Alistair Edwards, who engineered a dominant performance and drought-breaking victory in his first match in charge on Saturday night.

A rejuvenated Glory registered a 2-1 win over league leaders Central Coast at nib Stadium, coming from behind to end an eight-game winless streak.

Travis Dodd's neat first-half strike was Glory's first goal in 387 minutes and cancelled out Bernie Ibini's opener for the Mariners.

Then marquee man Shane Smeltz headed home the winner midway through the second half.

Glory controlled the play for most of the second half in one of their best performances of the season despite having less than a week to adapt to Edwards' game plan after Ian Ferguson was sacked as coach.

A section of the home support was clearly unhappy with the slow build-up play before Dodd's goal, the fans voicing their opinion as Glory passed the ball backwards and across the pitch in search of an opening.

But they soon changed their tune when Nick Ward found Dodd with a perfectly weighted pass over the top of the defence.

Dodd controlled the ball with his first touch and steered it home from close range.

Edwards hoped the crowd would come to understand his game plan.

"We want to try and see if we can control the play as much as possible and for that we need to be patient," Edwards said. "One of the things (on Saturday), dare I say, is about educating an educated crowd.

"About 10 seconds before our first goal and after about 15 passes there were a few boos from the sideline.

"But through our effective possession we were able to open them (Central Coast) up and we penetrated and scored a great goal."

Edwards and assistant Gareth Naven have been signed until the end of the season and will be invited to apply for ongoing roles, with the club hoping to make full-time appointments by June.

Edwards hasn't indicated whether he wants to stay on, but Smeltz said the players had given the new boss the tick of approval.

"He's come in and we've won in three days," Smeltz said.

"I don't think it's just a one-off, but time will tell."

Fringe Socceroos full-back Scott Jamieson has recovered from a foot injury and will be available for Saturday's game against Western Sydney at Parramatta Stadium, but faces a fight to break into the team.

The West Australian

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