Adrian Zahra says the Glory are responding well to Interim Head Coach Kenny Lowe’s style of football management as they seek to make it three wins in a row against the Brisbane Roar this Friday night at nib Stadium.
Adrian Zahra says the Glory are responding well to Interim Head Coach Kenny Lowe-s style of football management as they seek to make it three wins in a row against the Brisbane Roar this Friday night at nib Stadium.
“It-s been great. He-s come in and he-s really set the standard high,” Zahra said.
“He-s been immense. He-s gone in there, he-s very direct, very structured and very black and white. If you implement what he asks - he repays you.”
Fresh for scoring a sensational goal and being named man of the match in Friday-s 3-0 triumph over Melbourne Heart, Zahra has enjoyed greater playing opportunities under Lowe and started the last two games, although the 23-year-old winger is not taking anything for granted.
“Right now, I just want to keep backing up my performances and continue to push for a spot in that starting eleven, so hopefully I get that chance again this week and I take it again with both arms.”
“Kenny has come in and shown a lot of faith in me and obviously I appreciate that so now it-s just about repaying that faith. I-m just taking game by game and week by week and hopefully come season-s end, I-m still here.”
The former Heart player knows competition for spots will be hotter than ever with a host of players making their way back from injury, as the Glory finally looks to have overcome a horror-run of injuries.
Jamie Maclaren has trained strongly throughout the week after missing the last two games with a groin injury while Rosh Risdon has played the last two youth games as he continues to make his way back from an 11-week knee injury.
International marquee defender William Gallas is also a strong chance of making himself available for selection after missing the past seven games with a torn calf. The 36-year-old central defender has joined in with full-team training all week, as well as doing extra shifts with a personal trainer, as he works his way back to full fitness.
Zahra is full of praise for the former French international defender.
“He-s been really good and been training really hard by himself with his personal trainer.”
“He-s a massive player. The good thing about him, he-s a good bloke to have around the change room and he doesn-t feel as if he is high priority compared to anyone else. He sits there and works hard and he is the ultimate professional.”
Gallas- experience would be a handy addition against a Roar side that is unbeaten in their past four away matches, having scored 13 goals while only conceding four.
“We know Brisbane are the pinnacle of the league. They-ve been great for three or four seasons now so we-re not going to concentrate too much on how well they play, but we-re just going to concentrate on what we can do to prevent them from playing really well and take the game to them.”
Glory are preparing themselves for potentially season-defining three week stretch which includes games against Brisbane, Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory.
“This is where we can really test ourselves and see where we-re at. We-ve got two at home and we-re hoping to take maximum points from that and obviously we-ll just take it game by game,” he added.