Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he felt his side were still in it at half time on Saturday night...
Sydney FC inflicted a 6-0 drubbing on the WA outfit, their worst defeat in A-League history, and Lowe was at a loss to explain what or who could stop them.
“Man U come over and join the league,” he suggested sheepishly post-match.
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The bloodbath at Allianz Stadium means the reigning Champions have scored 18 goals in the past four games and move eight points clear at the top of the table.
But at 1-0 going into the break Lowe felt his lads were still in there with a chance.
“I actually thought coming out in the second half we’d give it a shake but it didn’t transpire like that,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to take your hat off to an excellent team.
“I think some of the goals – Bobo whipped one in, unbelievable. A couple of pens and stuff but ultimately they could have had maybe a couple more as well.”
“I just think they’re a bloody good side.”
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Lowe warned if you give them an inch they’ll take you to the cleaners.
“We were compact and solid (for the) first 20 and controlled the game a little bit to be truthful,” he said. “I think we’ve come in with more possession first half and more shots than them first half so we were well in the game you know.
“But once you open up, if you don’t stay structured and disciplined like we should have done, then they’ll pick you off with the quality they’ve got.
“And that’s what happened, we didn’t stay structured and disciplined, we didn’t execute the things that we spoke about. We did in the first half, for the majority of it, but the second half we didn’t… And their quality – they hit you with real quality. Their front four are excellent.”
Lowe said “without doubt” Sydney were up there for best A-League team ever, noting their ability to field an unchanged starting XI week after week as a key to their dominance.
“I mean Brisbane were superb in their day – I think Brisbane probably passed you to death – but these guys on transition, they sit in, they’re so disciplined – they’re a super team.
It was a tough end to 2017 for Glory but Lowe said the best response was to “go away and work hard”.
“Everyone’s got their own personal pride, professional pride, and you just go away and understand we let ourselves down and that we come back and have a result against Adelaide.”