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Glory searching for A-League answers

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016 Justin Chadwick

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he's at a loss to explain his team's woeful display against Newcastle, but he hasn't given up hope of turning the club's fortunes around.

Glory slipped further behind in the A-League title race after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to the lowly Jets at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

The result ended Perth's 10-match unbeaten run at home, and leaves them five points adrift of third spot heading into a daunting clash with ladder leaders Sydney.

Newcastle entered Saturday's match with just one win to their name, but they completely dominated Perth and would have won by far more if not for a series of stunning saves by Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

Lowe was particularly shocked at how poor his team were in the first half, with the players even booed off the field by their own supporters at the break.

"At the end of the day, all they want is a performance with some character and attitude," Lowe replied when asked about the booing.

"It's the first time for me, and hopefully it's the last.

"Maybe it's an off night. Obviously you don't want too many of those."

The injury absence of star playmaker Diego Castro (hamstring) has hurt Glory at a crucial time of the year.

Castro isn't due back until January, meaning he'll miss crunch matches against Sydney, Melbourne City, and Western Sydney.

Lowe was reluctant to use Castro's absence as an excuse for his team's poor form.

And he said it was up to everyone at the club to lift.

"It's not just the players. It's all of us," Lowe said.

"We're all in it together. It's not 'me', it's a 'we' scenario."

Glory have just one win to their name from their past seven games.

Jets attacker Andrew Hoole cancelled out Nebojsa Marinkovic's opener, before an embarrassing own goal from Glory midfielder Milan Smiljanic in first-half stoppage time gifted Newcastle all three points.

The Jets welcomed back Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, and Andrew Nabbout from injury against Perth, while Morten Nordstrand is set to return in Friday night's home clash with Adelaide United.

Jets coach Mark Jones was thrilled with the victory against Perth, which broke a seven-match winless run.

"It's not rocket science. You take five or six starting players out of any team in the world, and the team's going to struggle," Jones said.

"If we keep playing the same way (we did against Perth), it would be nice to sneak into the six."

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