Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe said the best team won but rued conceding the two first half goals in Saturday night’s FFA Cup Final loss to Melbourne Victory.
A relentless Victory steamrolled Glory in the first half and hung on to see off a late charge to win 2-0 and seal their third piece of silverware in 2015.
First half goals to Oliver Bozanic and Besart Berisha laid the platform for the win.
Glory were blown away by a rampant Victory in the first 45 minutes but Lowe noted that the Big V sat back a little in the second half as Perth pushed numbers forward and came into the contest.
Lowe’s first half message to his shell-shocked troops was to believe more.
And he felt conceding the two goals lacked accountability while pointing to the occasion perhaps being too much for some.
“Human nature, big occasion. Pressure applied. I don’t know…” admitted a downcast Lowe to reporters after the game.
“We didn’t take responsibility for the two goals. You give someone like Berisha an opportunity and he’ll punish you.
“We needed a spark, we needed some to step up. We need people to take a grasp of the game. To stamp their quality on the game and they came out and did that.”
Glory have now made it through - but lost - two FFA Cup Finals in a row in the inaugural two years of the tournament.
“It feels just as bad as last year,” added Lowe.
“But we had a go though. Ten shots to one in the second half. At least we had a go second half.”
And he was full of praise for Victory, conceding they fully deserved to win the game and have built something that all clubs should aspire to.
“They’ve taken four years; two with Ange and a couple of years with Kev. They’re someone to aspire to. It’s taken them four years to do this and a lot of hard work.
“They’ve done fantastic. They’ve grown the club and the team and they have a super product.”