Perth Glory continued their climb up the A-League ladder and turned up the heat on the rest of the competition with a convincing 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park.
They went back-to-back for the first time this year, jumped into fifth spot after sitting at the bottom two weeks ago, and sent a warning to those above them.
And it was defenders who got on the scoresheet as Glory followed up on last week’s 3-0 thumping of Melbourne City.
New signing, Swiss international Gregory Wuthrich got his first for Glory while Alex Grant scored just his third in 71 games over five seasons.
Coach Tony Popovic was able to name the same side that beat City, meaning he could keep his favoured line-up of three central defenders and wing backs.
It gave midfield masters Neil Kilkenny and Diego Castro time and space to dictate play with their controlled passing.
There was a real willingness to work in the heat and as the ball was given plenty of width Ivan Franjic in particular got through plenty of work.
In front of 6177 spectators Glory survived a first minute scare when goalkeeper Liam Reddy was forced to save at the feet of Kwame Yeboah. The ball rebounded to Mitchell Duke who put his shot against the crossbar.
But Reddy had little else to do for the rest of the half with Glory in control.
A Chris Ikonomidis header forced Wanderers ‘keeper Nicholas Suman into a save on the near post while Castro had him stretching to keep out a low shot.
Glory took the lead midway through the first half.
A Kilkenny corner was flicked on by Tomislav Mrcela, Bruno Fornaroli tried a spectacular scissor kick that went across goal to Ikonomidis. His header hit the crossbar but Wuthrich was on hand to head home.
Chasing an equaliser meant Wanderers had to show a little more adventure and they discovered what can happen when Castro is given space to exploit.
The visitors started the second-half with intent, launching early attacks but could only manage two shots on target the whole game.
At the other end Franjic, James Meredith and Fornaroli all had chances and any thought Wanderers may have had of at least snatching a point was extinguished when Grant fired home after 66 minutes.