Perth Glory
Melbourne Victory
Hyundai A-League R15
nib Stadium
2015-01-25T09:00:00+00:00
Attendance
12,271

Lowe in awe of Glory's fighting spirit

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe continues to be amazed by the gritty determination of his side to once again bounce back from the cusp of defeat and salvage a result.

Glory fought back from two goals down with 14 minutes left on the clock to secure a 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory in an entertaining encounter at nib Stadium on Sunday night.

It was the sixth time this season Glory has come from behind to either win or draw a match in the closing stages and Lowe’s side sits four points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League as reward for their gallant efforts.

Lowe joked after the match he needed a dictionary to find some new words to describe his team’s fighting qualities.

“I keep using character and blue collar…in any walk of life you’ve got a bit of adversity and it’s how you deal with that,” Lowe said.

“You don’t look at people when everything’s plain sailing, you don’t look at people when they’re at the top of their game. You look at people when they’ve got a little bit of pain and I’ll tell you what – our lads tick every single box, every single time.

“I said at half-time ‘we like being behind’ because we fight back and we come back and it proved true again. I had in mind that they wouldn’t score another goal though…but I’ll take the draw.”

The English-born manager said his players were instilled with belief at half-time of emerging triumphant at the final whistle despite trailing 2-1 and all the momentum resting with Kevin Muscat’s Victory.

“We embrace what we are, we understand what we are, we know that even when we’re down we’re not down, only the scoreboard tells us we’re down,” Lowe said.

“Our players don’t feel down, they don’t look down, they don’t act down, they don’t play down. They’ve just got change the score on the board, which they’ve done again.”

The fightback was soured by a serious ankle injury to Chris Harold and Lowe feared the in-form winger could be sidelined for an extended period.

Exciting youngster Danny De Silva is expected to be fit for Glory’s next game against Sydney FC at home on February 7 after falling ill during the warm-up.

Ruben Zadkovich came into the starting XI for De Silva just before kick-off despite only training once in the past three weeks, according to Lowe, as he continues to battle a back complaint which has restricted his season to just eight A-League and two Westfield FFA Cup appearances.

Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Sydney FC Women 12 8 1 3 25
Newcastle Jets Women 12 6 2 4 20
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Canberra United Women 12 5 1 6 16
Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 4 2 2 14
Perth Glory Youth 8 4 0 4 12
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 1 2 5 5
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 4 1 3 13
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 3 3 2 12
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 1 4 10
FFA Centre of Excellence 8 2 0 6 6