Lowe relieved by close-run Glory win

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane
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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane

Jamie MacLaren may find it tough getting back into the Perth Glory starting line-up, despite scoring two goals late in his side’s 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

It all happened pretty quickly for MacLaren.

He came into the game at the 76 minute mark when the Jets held a 1-0 lead. He scored in the 77thminute and then completed his brace on 79 minutes.

“I was disappointed,” joked Glory coach Kenny Lowe. “I said three.”

MacLaren started on the sub’s bench at nib Stadium on Saturday after playing the final 30 minutes of the Glory’s FFA Cup win over Melbourne Victory on Wednesday with cramp.

Lowe was about to sub Keogh off when MacLaren scored the equalizer, his first.

“I decided to run with it and take the gamble and hope Andy didn”t ping anything,” Lowe said.

“To do that after playing midweek and after 120 (minutes) and do that again, shows we have quality players in the dressing room.

“We don’t have any injuries, but they are really tight.

“I don’t know how we managed to pull it out of the fire.”

Lowe’s reference to the 120 minute contest midweek was Wednesday night’s 4-2 extra-time win over the Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup.

The only A-League game that MacLaren has started in during the first four rounds of the season was in round 3 when the Glory lost to Adelaide. He now has three goals. In round 1 he also entered the game late and scored in Perth’s 2-1 away win to Wellington.

So Lowe may be tempted to mark him in permanently in pen on the substitute’s bench, for now anyway.

Either way, the 21-year old has certainly impressed his coach in the early stages of the season.

“Macca has come back lighter; he’s worked so hard; he’s a super character; doing everything right,” Lowe said. “He’s enjoying his football. I can’t praise him enough

“He’s (the striker the Glory has been looking for) already here.”

Lowe also praised the flexibility of his squad and the ability of members of the team to fill in gaps when required, but he hasn’t ruled out adding another quality striker to the squad for “if case Andy or Macca  role over.”

Sunday’s win took the Glory back to second on the table and they still have several players to fit back into the line-up.

Chris Harold is set to return from injury within the next fortnight and Sidnei and Ruben Zadkovich need a week or two more before they could be back in Glory colours.

“I’m praying for injuries so I don’t have to make too many decisions,” Lowe joked.


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