March 30, 2015 11:01:45 UK
Coach Kenny Lowe believes returning to the attacking style that kept Perth Glory at the top of the A-League for so long will pay dividends for the rest of the season.
Perth finally ended their nine-game winless streak when they beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 at nib Stadium on Saturday to climb back up to third spot.
It has boosted their hopes of winning the Premier’s Plate, as they are now just a point behind leaders Wellington Phoenix.
Perth spent 15 consecutive weeks in top spot before their winless run, which began on 2nd January, finally caught up with them.
Lowe changed the team’s tactics to try to keep things tighter at the back, but it was the six draws during that spell, when they failed to kill teams off, that led him to revert to a more adventurous style.
The Glory coach paired winger Sidnei up front with striker Andy Keogh against Wanderers. It yielded three goals, including one from Sidnei and the winner from defender Josh Risdon two minutes from time.
“When we were flying, we thought we were a little bit open and we needed to box it off,” Lowe said. “But I think we went a little bit too far and went too conservative. Andy was getting isolated, our wingers were working too deep.
“But we said now ‘we’re in for a penny, in for a pound’. We’re in a great position’ let’s go and take some risks and see where it takes us.”
The Glory only face one of their premiership rivals in their final four games, when they host Sydney FC on 10th April.
Two of their remaining matches are against the bottom two – they finish off away to Western Sydney and go to Newcastle Jets on Easter Monday.
Perth are 1.90 to beat Newcastle, who are 4.00, with the draw 3.40.
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