Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe admits his side “weren’t exactly Brazil” but that it was a relief to get the three points in Saturday’s 2-1 come-from-behind win over Newcastle Jets.
Glory dominated play throughout the contest, but surprisingly went behind on 74 minutes when Jeronimo Neumann opened the scoring.
However, substitute Jamie Maclaren responded with a quickfire double to earn Perth the points and move them up to second.
“I thought we dominated the game and dictated the tempo. We weren’t exactly Brazil,” Lowe told reporters.
“I wanted the goal, I thought if we could get a goal it would settle things down.
“Unfortunately they scored first. I don’t know how we managed to pull it out of the fire, fair play to the guys.”
Speaking about his emotions after the game, Lowe added: “It’s relief for the players, because they worked their socks off.
“They gave everything, there was nothing left. They were running on fumes, there was no petrol in there.”
Maclaren’s performance, which boosted his season return to four goals, having only managed two in 2013-14, pleased Lowe.
The Glory manager inserted the former Young Socceroo into the game immediately after Jeronimo’s opener and joked he asked him to score three goals, not just two.
However, Lowe was full of praise for the 21-year-old former Blackburn Rovers junior.
“I can’t praise the kid enough,” Lowe said.
“Macca has come back lighter, he’s worked ever so hard, he’s a super character, he’s a young boy.
“He’s doing everything that he should be doing right in his game.
“He’s living right, he’s working hard, he’s enjoying his football.”
Glory are next in action on Sunday away to Central Coast Mariners.comments