We’ll work through this together, urges Lowe

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After his side’s pathetic showing against Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory manager Kenny Lowe has conceded everyone involved at the club must lift their game to ensure they remain in touch with the top six.

It was easily the poorest performance from the Glory this campaign and with the team in a form slump no one predicted, the result against the Jets is the worst possible outcome from Round 10.

Lowe was adamant on what needs to be done.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got our squad together with some decent players in there,” he said.

“It’s alright having names but we have to perform no matter what, and so far it has not been good enough.

“Everyone within the group needs to step up – it’s not just the players, we’re all in this together. It’s not a ‘me’ scenario it’s a ‘we’ scenario.”

It was a game that Newcastle Jets completely dominated and although falling behind in the 7th minute, the visitors responded quickly and smothered a lacklustre Perth side for the remaining 80 minutes.

Newcastle manager Mark Jones put the win down to his players taking their chances and performing in well in key areas throughout the game.

“We haven’t played any games this season and not tried to play our best, but it’s not rocket science when five or six of your best players are injured – it’s going to hurt your team,” Jones said.

“We’ve had opportunities in every game so far this season but failed to execute in tight areas, but today we executed in those areas and got what we deserved.”

When quizzed on whether he agreed with the phrase ‘No Castro, No Glory,’ Lowe insisted all squads are put together to deal with injuries to good players, but confessed his side are hoping for a speedy Diego Castro return.

“I think every team misses good players, but what it is doing is giving opportunities to others like Kosta Petratos and Jamal Reiners to come in and shine,” he said.

“We’ve got players that want to play and injuries give those chances to the players, but maybe you’re right – the sooner Diego (Castro) gets back the better.”

“Everyone has to step up right across the board – it’s what we plan on doing and what we will do.

“We’re still in the mix a bit, and there is still plenty of football left.”

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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