Lowe defends misfiring foreign duo

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe will persist with Guyon Fernandez and Diego Castro as an attacking combination despite another uninspiring performance from the star international recruits.

Fernandez looked lethargic before being substituted after 66 minutes while Castro struggled to have an impact as Glory conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium on Sunday.

Neither the Hungarian nor the Spaniard, both of whom were signed on big contracts during the off-season, have found the back of the net in Glory’s opening two games of the Hyundai A-League season.

But Lowe leapt to the pair’s defence, claiming they both just needed more time to gel as an attacking combination.

“We had some joy, (they) created some opportunities,” Lowe said.

“(Fernandez) hasn’t had much game time, the same as Diego.

“Diego plays behind, he doesn’t play up front so he’s free to roam. He looked lively, popping up in the box, creating chances. He’ll get better.”

Glory remains the only team without a point to its credit after the opening two rounds of the season, but Lowe was far from concerned.

His team will need to bounce back quickly ahead of Wednesday’s Westfield FFA Cup home semi-final against Melbourne City.

Lowe expected to regain midfielder Nebojsa Marinkovic (hip), but will be without his captain Richard Garcia, who was sent off in the loss to Phoenix.

“We’ve just got to make sure our rest and recover is top-notch and everybody is fit and raring to go on Wednesday – and they will be,” Lowe said.

“You saw the level of commitment from the players, they were focused today. They wanted to win that desperately.

“To get done the way they got done is disappointing.”