Perth midfielder Rostyn Griffiths has hailed the impact of striker Andy Keogh, saying the Irish import’s intensity has lifted Glory.
Following on from a prolific pre-season, Keogh has scored four goals in the first two A-League games, including the winner against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
The forward claimed a hat-trick against the defending champions, popping up with a header in injury time to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win for Kenny Lowe’s men.
Griffiths told FourFourTwo that Keogh, who joined the club from Millwall in the off-season, has inspired his teammates.
“He’s been on fire and it’s exactly what we needed in this team - someone who’s going to put the ball in the back of the net,” Griffiths said.
“It sounds simple but it’s obviously so crucial.
“He’s sharp around the box but, for me, the thing I’ve been most impressed with is that he lifts his intensity of the game and brings people along with him.”
Keogh, 28, played across the top three divisions in England during his career and has 30 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Glory has now secured a perfect start to the season after a 2-1 away win over Wellington in round one prior to the victory over Roar.
Griffiths believes Brisbane, which has lost both of their opening two matches, will bounce back.
“We are absolutely buzzing after coming twice from behind to beat the reigning champions,” he said.
“That’s what they’ve been doing to teams for the last few seasons so it’s a good feeling, especially because the whole team worked hard for it.
“They’re still a top class team and will be right at the top end of the table come the end of the season.”
Perth’s next test is an unbeaten Adelaide United on Sunday at Coopers Stadium and Griffiths said Glory are keeping a lid on expectations following their winning start to the A-League campaign.
“We aren’t getting carried away just yet,” the defensive midfielder said.
“I think the positive thing for us is we’re still not at 100% so we’ve still got more to give and can really only get better.
“Plus we’ve got some injured players to come back and improve competition even more.
“Adelaide will be another tough test for us, they’re looking really good, especially at home.
“But then again there’s no easy games in this league so we will prepare how we have for every game and worry more about ourselves than the opposition.”