Perth Glory hitman Adam Taggart described Saturday night’s rollercoaster 3-3 draw with Central Coast as “like a loss” after the Mariners spoiled the Perth local’s homecoming.
Glory were two goals clear when Taggart was replaced on the hour but they conceded twice in the final six minutes to let slip of an opening-round victory.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Taggart said on Fox Sports.
“I think it feels like a loss to us at home. We started off so well and so strong.
“We really need to take responsibility for that performance and be a lot better in that second half.”
Taggart had nib Stadium rocking with two goals inside the opening 30 minutes as the hosts eased to a commanding position.
Diego Castro added to the electric start with a third before the break, but Taggart claimed Perth became too passive after the restart.
“I think there was definitely a bit of complacency,” the former Golden Boot winner said.
“We needed to come out in the second half like we did in the first half with all guns blazing.
“I think we maybe sat a little bit too much in our comfort zone and we really need to be better.”