Perth coach Kenny Lowe felt the penalty his side received was far more clear-cut than the one awarded to their opposition but on balance felt Glory’s draw with Victory on Sunday was a fair result.
Both sides were awarded a spot-kick by referee Shaun Evans – which were duly converted by Besart Berisha and Diego Castro – as the score finished 1-1 at AAMI Park.
While Victory dominated large portions of the match they failed to land a killer blow and as the Glory boss pointed out, similar to their meeting 11 days ago they could've been made to pay.
“It’s a positive coming to a place like this and getting a result with the team they’ve got,” Lowe told reporters post-match.
“And maybe with a couple of sniffs at the end when they were a bit jittery we could’ve pinched something.”
While Lowe said he didn't see either penalty decision close up enough to fairly comment, goalkeeper Ante Covic was scathing in his assessment of Victory’s penalty, claiming “I got a yellow card and a penalty against me for absolutely nothing.”
Lowe was inclined to agree with his shot-stopper, with replays suggesting any contact with Victory's Berisha was minimal at best.
“I think Ante’s one of those guys who’s a pro and he’s genuine and I think to see him as animated as I’ve seen him. I think he was nigh on distraught which kind of tells me it wasn’t (a penalty)," said Lowe.
Perth’s point moved their season tally to twelve and despite still sitting in ninth they’re now just one win outside the top six.
Kenny Lowe’s side are also unbeaten in their last four as they continue to overturn a difficult start to the campaign.
“It wasn’t so much struggling, it was at that time coming early in season the foreign boys haven’t been bedded in and then we’ve had knocks and niggles and people have been in and out,” said Lowe.
“I think the back four has changed all the time, we’ve got a few kids playing as well.
“But what’s happened now is that players are starting to get back, we’re training together, people aren’t injured and there’s a bit of consistency in selection which helps with continuity and from that people gain confidence.”
One player singled out for special praise was marquee Diego Castro, who made it three goals in three games following his second half conversion.
“You saw Castro today. If there’s a better player in the A-League show me him,” said Lowe.
“He was outstanding. Some of the touches, some of the things he does was fantastic which helps everyone.”