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Perth won't echo errors against Nix: Lowe

NZN 15/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Coach Kenny Lowe has played down Perth's dramatic three-goal capitulation to Central Coast as "magnificent entertainment", but expects his A-League team's errors not to be repeated against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

Glory were handed a timely opening-round wake-up call when the battling Mariners fought back from 3-0 to draw 3-3 last weekend.

Lowe's men were left to rue an own goal, a conceded penalty and a series of missed chances in the second half as their initially comfortable defence was left exposed.

But while his players were hurting, their coach wasn't overly fazed.

"I wouldn't even class it as a wake-up call," Lowe said.

"The first 45 minutes was some of the best football I've ever seen from the team, so as far as I'm concerned I look at the positives.

"I'm a glass half full not a glass half empty man.

"At the end of the day it was magnificent entertainment."

Lowe indicated he'd keep faith with his back four, but admitted the conceded goals were poor and there was no room for the same mistakes against a strengthened Phoenix.

Ernie Merrick's side make the long-haul trip to nib Stadium boosted by five returning All Whites, all sorely missed in their opening 1-0 loss to Melbourne City.

In particular, skipper Andrew Durante will shore up central defence while Kosta Barbarouses could prove the difference up front.

"They played one of the best teams last week and could have got something out of that," Lowe said.

"They're going to be no pushovers, they'll be well-organised and well-coached by Ernie.

"Does the long flight and everything affect the All Whites? I guess we'll find out after the game."

Michael McGlinchey will be managed carefully - if he plays it will be his third game in eight days after the workhorse midfielder completed 90 minutes against both Mexico and the US.

Perth striker Adam Taggart is unlikely to join Andy Keogh up front after pulling up sore from his two-goal effort against the Mariners, while defender Shane Lowry (hip) is still out of contention.


* Wellington have lost five games on the bounce, six would mark their longest-ever A-League losing run

* The Phoenix have won their last two matches in Perth, their best ever run against Glory

* Perth haven't won in three games and have gone six without keeping a clean sheet

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