Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe hopes his team’s breakthrough win against Central Coast is the catalyst for a mid-season resurgence.
Glory’s 2-1 triumph over the Mariners at nib Stadium on Saturday night was the club’s first win since October 25 – and only their second of the season.
The win also lifted Lowe’s men off the bottom of the Hyundai A-League table ahead of two blockbuster clashes against title contenders Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney in the next seven days.
Glory remains seven points adrift of the top six, but Lowe has refused to rule out the possibility of his side making a late run for the finals despite current form.
“Hopefully (Saturday’s win) does give people a bit of confidence, which then allows you to get a little bit of consistency and then you get some continuity,” Lowe said.
“From those three things, you’ll get some results.
“There’s always belief, there’s never not any belief. You might as well wrap everything up and go home if you haven’t got no belief."
Glory fell behind after 28 minutes, but two goals in two minutes from Serbian playmaker Nebojsa Marinkovic suddenly turned the match in the home side’s favour.
Defenders Alex Grant and Aryn Williams were among a host of young players to impress and earn praise from Lowe for the resilience they showed, particularly when the Mariners took the lead.
“I think the attitude and the application from the players, especially in the first half when we asked them to press, was excellent,” Lowe said.
“We came out in the second half and I thought we earned (the win) to be truthful.
“Everyone’s got a responsibility as best they can to work for the team – and we do that.”
Marinkovic's brace was the first time he has found the back of the net this season and Lowe revealed post-match the set-piece specialist had been horribly off-target at training for several weeks.
“He was due, he’s been putting them into Row Z,” Lowe said.
“We know what qualities he’s got…I was a bit worried about him running beyond their back four there. I’ve never seen him do that.”