Perth roll into finals with win over Jets

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Perth Glory were able to capitalise on a less than impressive Jets side to take a crucial three points moving into the finals but the hard work isn’t nearly over for the boys who are determined to prove that west is best.

Despite not holding majority possession during the game, Kenny Lowe’s squad managed to come out on top against a side that had lost all hope.

“It’s probably this time of year isn’t it,” said Lowe.

“Probably this time of year they’ve got nothing to play for, we want to get I guess in the finals.

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“We were efficient we’ve got to do something and we’ve come and done it.

“To be truthful you can see they’ve analysed us and probably controlled the ball.

“Once we changed the shape, we controlled the game, and that’s where we scored the goals as well.”

Some controversial calls left both teams with only ten men in the final minutes of the match as Nigel Boogaard was given a straight red and Dino Djulbic earned his second yellow for tackles inside the box.

It was a tough call to swallow for Djulbic who has recently returned from injury and came on at half time only to be sent back to the sheds.

“It’s a bit disappointing for him,” said Lowe.

“Coming back from injury and he gets sent off.

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It’s a tough job for the refs at times.”

The penalty given away by Boogaard played in Andy Keogh’s favour as he managed to score in his seventh consecutive match, equalling the A-League record, which is a great reflection of the standard of Perth’s squad.

“It’s brilliant,” said Lowe.

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“Castro’s on fire, Keogh’s scoring goals, Nebo’s got back fit, the two Hungarian boys are excellent, the back four are playing superb.

“We’ve got some good players and everyones working for each other.”

Perth will be heading into the finals on a good run, having won nine of their last ten games and playing an effective system of football but Lowe maintains it’s a process of taking it one game at a time as the season progresses.

“We just go game to game.”

“Melbourne City, that’s the next focus, that’s the next target and see where we go after that.

“You’re coming to the business end of the year and we’re an awkward team to play against.

“We don’t give anything away, we’re very competitive and very well organised.

“We’re always going to be dangerous so fingers crossed we can keep it going.”

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