Kenny Lowe has the aura of a coach whose side is leading the Hyundai A-League.
Despite what would have been considered an excellent result last season – a 1-1 draw with the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium – the Perth Glory manager said he was disappointed not to have come away with all three points.
Based on the run of play, his feelings were justified.
Perth got an early goal thanks to a cracking Dino Djulbic volley and looked comfortable hanging on to their lead right up till the 85th minute when Brazilian striker Henrique snuck in to score for Brisbane.
“I think that shows how far we've come. We’re in the dressing room disappointed with a draw with Brisbane,” Lowe said.
“A few years ago you were lucky if you got out with (losing by) four. That shows how far we’ve come.
“There’s a long way to go with us as well. Things are going well.”
The jovial Englishman joked that his defenders are no longer be interested in defensive drills at training, having discovered their attacking talents.
“I’ve got a problem with my defenders; Ive got Jamo (Scott Jamieson) whipping free kicks in and Dino hitting volleys in.
“They don't want defending sessions now.
“They want shooting sessions. It’s getting a little bit scary.
“It was super,” Lowe said of Djulbic’s volley.
“Usually, like I say with Jamo it ends in the trees and with Dino it goes over the trees and into the car park.”
As for his opponents, Lowe agreed with many observers that the Roar are missing the striking instincts of Besart Berisha, who joined Melbourne Victory in the off season.
“They're just lacking Berisha,” he said.
“They've got a new boy that’s come in and he’s going to take some time to settle.
“They're just missing the best centre forward in the league.
“They're doing everything else, they're keeping the ball, moving the ball, getting up to the 18 (yard box).
“They just need a big horrible centre forward who munches people and scores goals.
“It’s not hard.”
“The guy who’s come in is a very good player. But he's going to take time.”