Nothing but praise from Kenny Lowe

Although his side squandered a three-goal lead in a game where they needed a four-goal win, Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has continued to compliment the character of his players.

Perth needed the huge victory over Melbourne City to secure a home Elimination Final against the same opponent in next week’s A-League finals.

The Glory lead 4-1 after 75 minutes, but amazingly conceded three goals in the final 10 minutes to throw away any hopes of hosting Melbourne again next week.

But despite his team’s frailties, Lowe would only applaud his player’s efforts.

“I don’t think you can keep that intensity we had up for the full 90 minutes unfortunately,” Lowe said of letting the lead slip away.

“Maybe at 4-1 you start to sit in and try pinch one, but I think the euphoria, the atmosphere, the crowd, the occasion and the adrenaline is pumping through the players veins.

“So the last thing in their minds is ‘right we’ll just sit in and try and pinch one in the last 10’ – which is maybe what we could’ve done.

“But you can’t fault what everyone’s done out there, it was a fantastic spectacle, great goals, a lot of endeavor, a lot of character. It was just a great game.”

When asked if he began to think his side could do the impossible when Nebojsa Marinkovic’s 75th minute free kick found the back of the net, Lowe’s answer was simple.

“I think everybody thought, I think everyone in the ground thought, I think the players thought, I think Melbourne City thought as well,” Lowe explained.

“They made a couple of subs to try and get some fresh legs on and close it up a little bit, but we chased and chased and we were wide open.

“But I can’t fault the intent at all from the players to try and win the game by the margin they needed to win it.”

Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis cut a perplexed figure in the post-match press conference, labelling the events of the game as “crazy” whilst insisting his side should’ve scored more goals.

“It was a crazy game, a crazy game,” Valkanis remarked.

“I can’t believe how many goals were scored, but I guess both teams were chasing wins. We needed to win and Perth needed to score lots of goals.

“It was just crazy how it all panned out in the end, but I think when you look at what we did, we probably could’ve had another four of five goals as well.”

Both sides will meet on April 23 for the second Elimination Final of the 2016/2017 A-League Finals Series.

With a history of high scoring matches, we can only expect more of the same from Perth Glory and Melbourne City.

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