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    Milestone man Lowe dreams of Glory success

    Perth Glory will be aiming to become the first team in A-League history to win the title from outside the top two, but first they need to topple Melbourne City.


    Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is urging his team to dream of title success, saying his own journey to 100 A-League games is proof that anything can happen.

    No team in A-League history have won the title from outside the top two and Perth will have a tough time trying to buck that trend after finishing the regular season fifth - thrusting them in to an away elimination final against Melbourne City on Sunday.

    The game will mark Lowe's 100th game in charge of the Glory - a feat no one expected him to reach when he took over as caretaker coach from the sacked Alistair Edwards in December 2013.

    "Everyone's got a dream, especially in this game," Lowe said.

    "I've had a 100-game dream.

    "No one in a million years would have said I'd be doing this when I was doing the NTC (Nation Training Centre coaching).

    "But hey, anything can happen."

    Lowe posted just four wins, four draws, and nine losses before surprisingly being appointed the club's full-time coach.

    The 55-year-old has thrived since then and played a key role in rebuilding the squad, in the wake of the salary cap scandal in 2015.

    "If someone had said that (I'd reach 100 games) off the back end of that very first season, I would have laughed at them," Lowe said.

    "I think the club has been very brave to take someone like me on.

    "Hopefully I'll repay them."

    Lowe believes his talent-laden squad have the potential to defy expectations by making a charge at this season's title.

    And with an experienced group - boasting the likes of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro, Rhys Williams, Josh Risdon and Rostyn Griffiths - Lowe says they could play a crucial role in helping them pull off an upset win in enemy territory.

    But Lowe knows Melbourne City also possess plenty of hardened match-winners, including Socceroos great Tim Cahill.

    "Everyone can say 'We're going to break history, we're going to change it'. But at the end of the day it's only words," Lowe said.

    "It's about actions. If we want to do that, we've got to put some action behind those words to create history."

    Lowe doesn't expect a repeat of last week's crazy 5-4 win over City at nib Stadium.

    Glory needed to win that game by four goals or more to secure a home final and threw caution to the wind after opening up a 4-1 lead.

    Rhys Williams missed that game with a hip injury but trained this week and is expected to be fit to return to the starting XI.

    Lowe says the intensity at training had lifted.

    "It's quite vibrant, quite feisty. Two or three fights. Everyone's very focused," Lowe said.


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