Kenny Lowe says that his Perth Glory side are more focused on making A-League history than thinking about their missed home final opportunity.
The Westerners were within reach of the necessary four goal win over Melbourne City in round 27, before a frantic end to the match saw the scoreline end at 5-4.
However, Lowe claims that this same determination on the pitch could see Perth become the first grand final winners to have finished the regular season outside of the top two.
“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,” he told the media.
“It’s about actions and if we want to do that we’ve got to have some action and we’ve got to put some actions behind those words to create history.
“That’s what it’s about for us, is that we actually go there and actually action a win, which then will (possibly) change history in that you could get a team outside the top two winning it.”
Last weekend’s meeting between the Glory and City at nib Stadium saw an astonishing seven goals netted in the second half. With matches involving the two sides consistently producing high scoring results, Lowe believes that it is unavoidable both will be looking to play to this attacking strength.
“It’s always an entertaining game between ourselves, I think that’s a slight understatement,” he said.
“I think that comes from the attacking mentality of both sides – we play slightly different to them obviously, but there is still an attacking mentality in both teams and I’m sure that will eventuate at the weekend.
“There’s a little bit of pressure on the game because of what’s at stake…so I expect them to be fully and highly motivated.
“They’ll fancy themselves and much as we fancy ourselves, so I think it’s got the makings of a good game.”
Sunday’s game will also mark Lowe’s 100th in charge of the Glory and while he already has a number of unforgettable memories, he hopes to lead his team to a chance at the A-League championship.
“(It) feels like 300,” he joked.
“I think the club have been very brave to take someone like me on and hopefully in a small way I think I’ve repaid them.
“I’m very lucky in the fact that we’ve got some lovely people here, not just in the football department but upstairs as well.
“No matter where this goes – whether it ends at 101 or whether it goes to 1001 – the biggest thing I can say is I’ve made some friends.
“Lets stretch it to another three games at least, (a) grand final would be nice here.”