Perth Glory find support from Adelaide defender

STEVE LARKIN
Last updated 16:58 08/11/2012

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Perth Glory's abrasive A-League style has won support from Adelaide United defender Nigel Boogaard.

Boogaard, whose Reds host Perth on Sunday, disagrees with pundits who claim the Glory's physical tactics border on illegal.

"Obviously, there has been a lot said about them being overly physical," Boogaard told reporters in Adelaide.

"But personally, I think it's part and parcel of the game these days."

"Yeah, they are physical."

"But, I don't think there is any malice or anything like that in there. They are in your face, they just want to win the ball back and they play some good football."

"... You should have that approach every week, to be physically dominant over the opposition, and I think that goes a long way to winning a match."

Table-topping Adelaide hold a three-point break on third-placed Perth entering the Hindmarsh Stadium fixture.

And the Reds could summon left-back Cassio after the Brazilian missed last Sunday's 1-0 away win against Brisbane with a stomach complaint.

Boogaard conceded Adelaide's triumph in Brisbane "wasn't an entertaining or great match on our behalf football-wise" - the Reds went into a defensive lockdown after Dario Vidosic's third-minute goal.

"Everyone likes to play good football - everyone wants to play good football," Boogaard said.

"But at the end of the day, you stick that ball in the net and that is all that counts.

"There is a lot said about playing nice football and possession football, but it's a results-based game and to get three points is the main objective."

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