Perth coach Kenny Lowe is playing down his side’s early season run of form. The Glory are top of the table with four wins and a loss but Lowe stressed there is still a long way to go in the season.
“It’s early days for us, we’ve got a new squad, new coaches,” he said after Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.
“One thing that’s part of the club is everyone’s hungry. Coaches are hungry, players are hungry. Everyone’s in it for each other.
“Hopefully we can maximise that and have half a decent year.
Asked when he’ll start to feel comfortable, Lowe was quick to respond.
“After 27 games and I’ve got the thing (trophy) in my hand and (Perth Glory owner Tony Sage) gives me my big fat bonus,” he quipped.
“That’s when I’ll go happy as Larry but you’ve got more of a chance of having a ride on flipper than me saying anything.
“(We’re) three games away from a crisis. That’s the nature of the game. You can’t get carried away.
“We’re doing well. Everyone’s working really hard everyone’s in with each other. It’s no different to last year except we’re winning games. We’ve got a couple of guys who can score goals. I’m no different to where I was last year.”
The difference between this season and last the frustrations of last year is simple.
“Character,” Lowe said.
“We’ve played games and we’ve been behind or we’ve been in front and got pulled back, but gone again.
“You look at most of the games, even at Adelaide at 1-0 down, for 30 minutes it was nip-and-tuck and they got the second, but we’ve got some good character.
Perth are one point clear of Melbourne Victory at the top of the table after five rounds and Lowe is determined to continue in the same fashion.
“There’s a hell of a lot of improvement (to come) which is a bit scary,” he said.
“It’s not fluid but we do good things, we work hard and we try and play. We create chances. That’s what we do.”