Dino Djulbic's seven-minute goalkeeping cameo impressed a light-hearted Kenny Lowe in Perth's 1-1 draw with Western Sydney. His defending?...Not as much.
Nearing the end of Perth's contest with Western Sydney, with the scores locked at 1-1, Jaushua Sotirio appeared to trip over an on-rushing Liam Reddy, earning the goalkeeper a red card and a frantic last few minutes for Perth Glory.
With all of Lowe's subs completed, Dino Djulbic took to the sticks, keeping a cleansheet to secure a point for his embattled club.
"He's a better 'keeper than he is a centre-half looking at that," Lowe said.
"He said he needs to keep his place because he kept a clean sheet.
"It's just disappointing we're going to lose Liam over something that shouldn't have been."
Perth have the most dismal defensive record in the league, conceding 43 goals in 22 matches - one more than bottom-place Wellington Phoenix - to vastly overpower their 27 strikes at the opposite end.
Yet Lowe was more focused on the quality of the refereeing decision.
"If the ref's seen it in real time, then someone's said you need to have a look, so I think the people up there (VAR) were a bit iffy about it.
"Cos (otherwise) they wouldn't have asked him to have a look...at all.
"I think the two things that disappointed me were the handball and the sending off, because I think they could have been handled a little bit better."