Glory star admits Wanderers ‘punished us’


Perth striker Andy Keogh says the Wanderers made Glory pay for a lack of discipline in Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the West.

Keogh’s goal early in the second half had Glory leading 2-1, in control and seemingly heading towards another three points and second spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

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Glory, Wanderers play out thrilling draw at nib Stadium

But a defensive lapse midway through the half allowed Brendon Santalab to score and saw the side’s share the spoils at nib Stadium.

Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at nib Stadium on Sunday evening.

“It’s very frustrating but credit to the Wanderers. They put on a good show and they punished us for lack of discipline and positioning to be fair,” Keogh told Fox Sports.

“I felt comfortable on the pitch,” the Irishman added when asked what went wrong in the last 25 minutes.

“Sometimes when teams get a foothold in the game you back off for a little bit and when they have players like [Nico] Martinez and Santalab playing on the shoulder, you can’t give them that space and time because they are going to punish you.”

Glory boss Kenny Lowe watched the entire match from the stands again as he served the last of his two-game touchline ban. 

Asked if his absence on the sideline has an effect on the side, Keogh said:  “You obviously want him on the bench with the team.

“But it doesn’t matter, we’ve got a job to do and we know exactly how he wants us to play.

Mitch Nichols was left frustrated after the Wanderers' 2-2 draw with Perth Glory.

“I think we did implement it at times today but at other times we lacked a bit of composure. The result could have gone either way.”

The draw means Glory are in fourth spot on the ladder after five rounds ahead of a big trip to face ladder leaders Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.