Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe was delighted with the character and fitness levels shown by his side in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets.
Adam Taggart bagged a double against his former club with two fine finishes, the second a thumping, stoppage-time header that secured the visitors a share of the spoils.
And Lowe felt that a point was the least the men in white deserved at McDonald Jones Stadium.
“After all the disruption of having three players drop out through injury on the day of travel, I thought we did really well,” he said.
“When you look at it, we had two one-on-ones with Diego Castro and Chris Harold, plus Taggart’s header that Jack Duncan did incredibly well to save, so we might even have come away with all three points instead of the one.
“We came home really strongly in the last half-hour, just as we did against Western Sydney the week before and that’s a testament to how hard the lads worked in pre-season.”
Lowe was particularly impressed by the contribution made by injury-replacement signings Jeremy Walker and Mitch Mallia who were both thrust into the starting line-up despite precious-little preparation time.
“It was a super effort from those guys,” he said.
“Jeremy was very intelligent in what he did and Mitch was involved in creating the first goal for ‘Taggs’, so they both made a major contribution to what was a really encouraging team performance in difficult circumstances.
“And our two substitutes [Chris Harold and Jake Brimmer] also did well as they were both involved in setting up the second goal.”
The Glory squad are due to resume training on Tuesday and could be bolstered later in the week by the return from injury of Alex Grant, Andreu and Shane Lowry.