Lowe: Spirits are high

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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe confirmed his team are in an upbeat mood ahead of Sunday’s round nine encounter with Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

Central Coast Stadium has historically been a tricky trip for the West Australians although an imposing 3-1 victory at Melbourne City last weekend has Lowe and his squad feeling optimistic.

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“It’s always been tough there for us historically,” he said.

“But the lads are focused and determined to change that on Sunday.

“Spirits are high in the group after a good week on the training ground and we are really looking forward to taking on the Mariners.

“I was particularly pleased for the young players that came in and did so well against City. They did a job for us and it means that we now have great competition for places which helps lift the intensity at training.”

Despite question marks over the fitness of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro, Andreu, Scott Neville and Adam Taggart who eventually succumbed to Glory’s exhausting opening to the campaign which included six away games, Lowe is confident that a good performance will provide a great platform heading into the festive season.

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“We’ve done a lot of travelling,” he said.

“And it’s been tough, but a good performance and result against the Mariners would leave us sitting in a decent position heading into the first part of the busy Christmas period.

“It’ll be tough because they are a good side that like to get the ball down and play, but we are going over there confident that we can get the job done.”

Sunday’s clash has already made headlines with the Mariners announcing several enticements to spectators including whole families gaining admittance with the $20 purchase of one adult ticket, a kids club, FIFA 18 tournament, a “mums and bubs club” and a pre-game tactical briefing with coach Okon.

Central Coast CEO Shaun Mielekamp convinced Football Federation Australia to move the kick off time from 7pm to 5pm and conceded the club could forgo up to $50,000, insisting it was an investment with the intention to attract longer-term crowds.

“We’re hoping that as word gets out this could go higher. It’s a bit of an experiment really, and I’m curious to see what effect doing initiatives like this has on our crowd” he said.

If Paul Okon’s side claim victory against Perth it would be just their second home win of the season culminating in them leapfrogging Glory on the ladder.

Perth will be looking to make it two wins from as many games against the Mariners after a 2-1 defeat at nib Stadium back in round three thanks to goals from Keogh and Taggart cancelled out Wout Brama early strike.

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Connor Gibbons
Connor Gibbons
Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.

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