Glory’s fighting spirit turns tide for Lowe

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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe was ecstatic for his side following a late come from behind 2-1 victory over Melbourne City at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

After falling behind on the stroke of halftime Glory fought back scoring two goals in the final stages to claim a memorable victory in the West.

The result is just Perth’s second win in its last eight matches, a statistic Lowe suggested was undeserved.

“I was pleased for the players,” he said.

“They’ve worked hard over the last four or five games without really getting the rewards they’ve deserved”.

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Lowe felt Perth had the better of the first half and admitted conceding a goal on the brink of the interval was certainly deflating.

However the character of senior players seemed to help the home side and a Lowe credited a strong mentality within the group.

“That takes the wind out of your sails a bit,” he said.

“We’ve had stuff go against us in other games, do we roll over?

“Not today, not today.”

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The always enigmatic coach made an inspired double substitution early in the second half which paid dividends with striker Adam Taggart claiming a 97th minute winner.

Lowe was quick to point out his objective at halftime in getting back into the game and the mindset he applied to the players.

“We spoke in the changing room at half time of just getting the next goal,”

“That was the most important thing.

“We felt if we got the next goal we’d win the game and it proved to be right.”

Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce was left extremely frustrated after throwing away a fantastic opportunity to claim an invaluable away win.

“I’m angry that we’ve not got something out of the game,” he said.

“Not at least a point.

“Getting so close to a result and then we concede from our corner.”

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Referee Shawn Evans’ decision to send off Bart Schenkeveld was somewhat controversial as it appeared the Dutchman claimed some of the ball against Joseph Mills, a view Joyce strongly agreed with.

“It’s clear to see what happened,” he said.

“He won the ball.”

The result now leaves Glory a chance to make a surge towards the finals places while third placed City missed an opportunity to close the gap on Newcastle and sit eight points behind the Jets.

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