Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has praised his team’s performance on the back of a scoreless draw against Filipino side Global FC in Manila
“It was good I enjoyed it. Difficult conditions for the guys. Obviously they aren’t used to that and it was our first game.”
After landing in the Philippines capital less than 24-hours earlier Glory took to the field against an in-from Global in stifling conditions where the mercury was hovering above 32-degrees.
“It’s always difficult for us to cope with the humidity and the heat but it’s not so much of a factor now. It’s more the fact that we are really early in our preparation but yeah it was a good game. I thought second half we controlled the ball more so it was good, very good.”
Lowe fielded a relatively inexperienced side in the first half before swapping the youngsters with the seasoned campaigners in the second.
“We changed the full team at half time so it’s not so much fatigue; it’s more that we’re not conditioned ready for games so we have to be careful that we don’t pick up injuries. It’s our very first game of the preseason and we’ve been in preseason for two weeks with the ball so you’ve always got to be safe to ensure that your players don’t get injured.”
Lowe was coy when asked on who he thought was a standout from Global but did acknowledge they were a quality side.
“I enjoyed the way they played, they try to play football and they play it in the right manner as well. It was a good game. It was a good hit out for us.”
“They are in the middle of the season. They’re fit and conditioned so they gave us a difficult game and they play some nice football so it was well worth the exercise for us.”
Glory’s second pre-season game takes place on Saturday July 23 against the UFL All Stars at Rizal Stadium before finishing the tour against the Philippine Azkals on Tuesday July 26th at the Quirino Stadium with both games scheduled for a 7pm kick-off.