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Glory aim for sweet win over Victory

  • Glory aim for sweet win over Victory

It's the classic east versus west showdown, and Perth Glory aren't planning to be easy roadkill in Saturday night's FFA Cup final against Melbourne Victory.

Glory were left fuming last month when their bid to host the Cup decider was turned down for the second straight year.

Last season, Perth fell 1-0 to Adelaide in the Cup final at Coopers Stadium, and now they'll have to face a star-studded Victory outfit at their AAMI Park fortress.

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Glory captain Richard Garcia said if his team does manage to come away with the trophy, it would be extra special.

"There's always an east versus west rivalry. We're always doing the travelling, and we're always doing the hard yards," Garcia said.

"So for us it would be extra sweet if we come home with the Cup.

"As a squad we learned (from last year's loss to Adelaide) that we need to be a bit calmer, and have controlled energy, which is very important in the final.

"Hopefully I can be a calming influence and settle the nerves and make sure people are fully focused on the job ahead."

Glory haven't won a piece of silverware since taking home the NSL title in 2003/04, but Garcia hopes that will soon change.

"I've played in a lot of big games, and this is probably going to be up there," said Garcia, who spent five years at West Ham United earlier in his career.

"Especially being a Perth boy and playing for Perth Glory - it would be fantastic to bring some silverware back to my home town."

Glory players refused to touch the FFA Cup trophy on Thursday for fear it would jinx them in the decider.

Garcia isn't superstitious himself, but he said he respects the other members of the team who are.

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