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Glory hope Cahill has off night for City

NZN 20/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Perth coach Kenny Lowe has his fingers crossed Tim Cahill suffers a rare off night during his side's bid to rob three A-League points from Melbourne City's vault.

The Glory take their campaign on the road on Friday night at AAMI Park, where they'll face a City side hungry for more blood after last week's 4-1 thrashing of crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory.

Perth are relatively confident themselves after last weekend's 2-0 win over Wellington.

But they're in for a more-demanding test against John van `t Schip's early championship contenders, who are markedly strengthened since bundling Lowe's men out of last season's finals.

In Lowe's mind, the hype over Cahill that has "everyone going mental" is entirely justified, labelling the Socceroo legend's ludicrous goal against Victory as an unbelievable demonstration of skill.

"If that was Messi or Ronaldo, then dear me, everyone would be going crazy," Lowe said.

"It's superb the fact he's come back and it looks as though he's producing.

"But hopefully, on Friday, he has a little off day.

"We'll just take him out of the equation and focus on ourselves."

Cahill aside, the result could depend on who wins the midfield battle.

News that City marquee Nicolas Colazo (ear) is in doubt will be music to Lowe's ears, though Glory captain Rostyn Griffiths will still have his hands full with Luke Brattan.

Marquee defender Rhys Williams will also be in for a busy night marshalling the defence against Cahill, Bruno Fornaroli and company.

And despite predictions they're set to leave the Victorian capital empty-handed, Perth won't settle for a draw.

"No, we want to win," Lowe said.

"You want to back yourself, believe in yourself.

"We've got absolute ultimate respect for City - they're a top team playing some great football.

"But if we want to do anything, we've got to go to these places and be competitive.

"We want to go to Melbourne this week and Brisbane next week and win those games, come back home and win that game (against Western Sydney) and then have a big cigar sitting top of the league.

"Whether that's going to happen, I haven't got a clue. We're just going to be focused and work hard."

Striker Adam Taggart will again play no part as he continues to recover from a calf issue.

Both he and defender Shane Lowry (hip) are expected to push for a return next week.

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