Lowe laments missed chances, praises clinical Sky Blues

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After his Perth Glory side slumped to their second home loss in two weeks, this time to Sydney FC, Kenny Lowe believes the final score line of 4-1 isn’t a fair reflection of the match given the manner in which his players played.

Perth were the stronger side in the first half against the Sky Blues, but failed to convert the numerous quality chances created during their only period of dominance throughout the game, a fact that Lowe acknowledged after the final whistle.

“I don’t think it was a 4-1 game and I’m bound to say that, but we were decent value in the first half, I thought we were lively and we were up for it,” Lowe said.

“We probably had more shots than Sydney, but I think it comes down to the fact that they took their opportunities and we had a couple chances and we didn’t take them.

“They are just such a good side – they are clinical. They had opportunities and took their opportunities.

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Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold applauded his side’s desperation in defence, highlighting the goalkeeping heroics of Danny Vukovic being the major reason for the result.

“Look I wasn’t happy with our defensive display overall – we were too open, but on the other hand I was happy with our desperation in defence, with the couple of chances Perth had early,” Arnold said.

“Danny Vukovic is the best goalkeeper in the country for me, and he made a magnificent save at 2-1 that opened the game up for us even more to get it to 3-1 and 4-1.

“We did some good last ditch defending, throwing our bodies on the line and that’s how hungry this team is.

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Lowe opted to shake his team up once again, employing a 3-5-2 formation where Josh Risdon and Marc Warren were deployed in wingbacks positions, with Dino Djlubic, Shane Lowry and interestingly Aryn Williams making up the back three.

The odd-omission of Rhys Williams from the squad raised questions about a potential rift between Lowe and the ex-Socceroo, however the Englishman firmly denied the rumour and reaffirmed the star’s importance to his side.

“There’s no issue with Rhys, you pick the team that you think will be the best side for that week, and that’s all we’ve done,” Lowe said.

“There’s no injury issues, that’s the side we went with and we picked the team we thought was is in the best frame of mind to play the way we wanted to play.

“Yes, Rhys will be here (after January).

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He’s a contracted player and he’s a big part of this group.

It won’t get any easier for Perth as they face an away trip to Melbourne City in Round 12 whilst for Sydney, Adelaide awaits on Boxing Day.

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