Dylan Pierias heaped praise on the “special group” at Western United after putting in a man of the match display in the 2-0 win over Perth Glory on Sunday.
Pierias lit up UTAS Stadium with his pace and direct running immediately causing Perth problems, and he capped off the display with a well-deserved first goal of the season in the second half.
Speaking on getting off the mark for the season, Pierias said he was eager to add some momentum to his season after a string of promising performances, both off the bench and from the start.
“It was really good (to get the first goal). This season has been really good for the team, I’ve been coming on and playing a little bit and I’m just really happy to get my first goal. I think I needed a bit of a monkey off the back to be honest – a bit of confidence,” he said.
Pierias was awarded with best on ground honours after an outstanding performance with a 100% pass accuracy, three shots on target and four fouls drawn with his blistering speed in behind.
“I thought I was alright! No, I always have high expectations of myself, and tonight I just wanted to play free and do the best I can. I think I did alright, but more importantly was the team,” Pierias said of his performance post-match.
Dylan Pierias predicting big things from ‘amazing’ Western United squad
The win is a third in a row for United and extends the current unbeaten record in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men to seven matches. It also took the Green and Black back above Melbourne City at the top of the league.
With more wins and more points already this season than the entirety of the last, Pierias believes this is only a hint of what’s to come for Western United this season.
“This team is amazing. I think we’ve got a really special group, I think we’re going to do amazing things this year. It speaks levels on the field – we’ve won three in a row, we’re clear on top with a game in hand over other teams, and I think the most important thing is how close the boys are.”
Next up for United is a return home to Ballarat with a clash against Newcastle Jets at Mars Stadium on Saturday March 5, as John Aloisi’s men look to continue marching on towards the end of the regular season.