Kenny Lowe has swept aside suggestions his Glory squad will be playing for a draw when the West Australians face off against Hyundai A-League glamour club Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday night.
City boast a star-studded line up including Socceroo Tim Cahill and Uruguayan international Bruno Fornaroli and both were instrumental in demolishing Melbourne Victory 4-1 in the local Derby last week.
Lowe was in awe of Cahill’s ability and was mesmerised by his superb 35 metre strike which rifled past Victory ‘keeper Lawrence Thomas.
“Everyone’s gone mental about it now. I think it’s superb he’s come back and it looks as though he’s producing. But hopefully on Friday he has a little off day” he joked.
“They’re the things that are exciting and that’s why everyone loves the game”.
Lowe said it was vital Glory got the best possible result from Friday night’s game.
“It’s going to be a tough one but these are the games you want. We are really, really, looking forward to it” he said.
When asked whether a draw would be satisfactory, Lowe’s answer was simple.
“No you want to win!”
“You want to believe in yourself. We’ve got ultimate respect for them, they’re a top team and played some great football and if we want to do anything you want to go to these places and be competitive and being competitive means being in the game and being in the game means you get something out of it.”
The match kicks-off at 4.50pm WST.
Glory Facts and Stats
- Perth Glory have only lost two of their last 13 matches against sides from Victoria(W5 D6).
- Perth Glory (31) have attempted more shots than any other side in 2016/17 whilst only Glory have recorded more than Melbourne City (29).
- Perth have scored seven goals from the penalty spot across their last 11 A-League matches.
- Perth Glory have won 3 penalties in their first two games of the season.
- Perth Glory rank second in the league for big chances managing to create 8 in comparison to Melbourne City's 6.
- Perth Glory are ranked second in Duels Won with 53.7%.
- Perth Glory have conceded the least amount of fouls (24) compared to Melbourne City who have fouled the most (34).
- Perth Glory have the best shooting accuracy in the league with 60% from 25 shots attempted.
Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 3
Friday, 21 October 2016
Melbourne City FC v Perth Glory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 4:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))
Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Toth
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 4.00pm (WST), SBS TWO from 4.30pm WST
Radio Broadcast: 774 ABC Melbourne & ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio), 1116 SEN (Melbourne), EON Sports Radio (eonsportsradio.com)
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Melbourne City FC squad:
1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Fernando BRANDAN
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk) (returns from suspension), 18.Paulo RETRE, 21.Ruon TONGYIK (promoted)
Outs: 40.Yaren SOZER (gk) (omitted)
Unavailable: 7.Corey GAMEIRO (ACL – season), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (international duty)
Perth Glory squad:
2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13.Nicholas FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Jamal REINERS, 24.Milan SMILJANIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 18.Mitch OXBORROW (promoted), 21.Jamal REINERS (promoted)
Unavailable: 4.Shane LOWRY (hip – 1 week), 22.Adam TAGGART (calf – 1 week)