Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has refused to blame his team’s 2-1 loss to Adelaide United on hot conditions or the club’s three-day turnaround between Hyundai A-League fixtures.
Glory slumped to just their second loss of the season – and second to the Reds – after failing to match it with Josep Gombau’s side in a clash that kicked off in 36C heat at Perth’s nib Stadium.
Adelaide also beat Perth in last month’s Westfield FFA Cup grand final.
Glory had just three days to prepare for Monday night’s game after returning from Geelong where the club defeated Melbourne Victory 2-1, also played in steamy conditions.
Lowe was content with his side’s endeavour against Adelaide, but would not offer excuses for their failure to emerge with the three points.
“All I know is our lads really put a shift in and really worked their socks off and were so genuine and honest,” Lowe said.
“There were certain road blocks put in the way by other people and other situations, but that’s not for us to speak about. We just concentrate on what we try and do as best we can and I just thought they gave it a really shake in the second half.
“To be truthful, up until (Adelaide’s first) goal we were controlling the game. They looked as though they didn’t really want to be here, but we gave them a little bit of an impetus and they got a lift from that. Then they come out straight away after the second half and that gave them another lift.”
Glory was also dealt a blow early in the match when in-form winger Chris Harold had to be pulled from the game after only 25 minutes with a heat-related illness.
The three-week break enforced by the Asian Cup has been welcomed by Glory and provides an ideal launching pad for the league leaders to back up their remarkable start to the campaign in the second half of the season.
“I’ve said all along we’re looking forward to it, and I don’t think that’s a negative thing for us,” Lowe said.
“We’ll have a few days off and then we’ll get back into the swing of things. I think we’re in a nice position. If someone had said that at the beginning of the year you would have took it, so we’re ticking along OK.”
Lowe also said the club was close to signing a replacement for injured winger Youssouf Hersi and was hopeful a deal could be finalised in the coming days.