Glory defender sorry over mistimed tackle

Justin Chadwick
Gregory Wuthrich has started in defence in all five of Perth Glory's matches this A-League season

Perth defender Gregory Wuthrich is loving the physical nature of the A-League but says his controversial tackle last month was nothing more than a mistimed accident.

Wuthrich was considered lucky to escape a red card for his dangerous sliding tackle on Wellington striker David Ball in round three.

Although the 192cm Glory defender made contact with the ball, his legs got tangled with Ball in dangerous fashion.

Phoenix players reacted angrily to the challenge but the referee - with help from the VAR - only handed Wuthrich a yellow.

Wuthrich said the tackle was mistimed and he apologised to Ball afterwards.

"I just tried to go for the ball. I'm not a mean defender, I never want to hurt someone," Wuthrich said.

"After the tackle I went to the player and I told him that I didn't mean to hurt him. He was cool with that.

"He said, 'Alright bro, thanks for coming to me to say that'.

"And then it was all cleared out, no bad feelings at all."

Wuthrich's decision to join Perth was a big gamble but he's glad he made the move.

The 24-year-old had only played professionally in Switzerland before deciding he needed a change.

"I just wanted a restart, a new challenge for my career," he said.

"The transfer window was already closed in Europe, so my agent came up with Perth.

"I have no regrets. I feel very happy here.

"I reckon it's more physical the league (in Australia). It's very intense.

"I'm a physical player as well, so it's good for my game."

Perth have posted just one win from five games this season - a far cry from their stunning form of 2018-19.

Glory's last appearance at home resulted in a shock 2-1 loss to Central Coast.

They will be aiming to make amends when they host Sydney FC in a grand final rematch on Saturday night.

Glory are yet to post a clean sheet this season and Wuthrich said it was a big focus for the defenders to achieve one soon.