Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe feels his side can still make the A-League finals, despite blowing a big chance to step up their challenge.
Lowe's side were held to a 1-1 draw by sixth-placed Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium.
There are still five games to go, but with Wanderers preserving their four-point gap over the Glory and Perth having a worse goal difference by seven it will be a tall order for them to make the Finals Series.
There's plenty to play for. I think that (four home games) is a good thing for us.Kenny Lowe
Two wins from their previous four matches had raised their hopes, and it's significant that both those victories - against Western Sydney and Melbourne City - came at home.
Perth will be at home for four of their remaining games, their only away match being against second-placed Newcastle in the penultimate round.
They will host Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar all at nib Stadium.
Though they've had mixed fortunes overall in front of their own fans - they've won five and lost four of their nine home matches - Lowe admits he'd far rather be in this position than facing a series of road trips in the run-in.
"There's plenty to play for. I think that (four home games) is a good thing for us," he said.
"Maybe it's come a little bit late, it would have been nice to have it early in the year, but such is life, you get the cards you're dealt with and you get on with it."
Wanderers remain well placed to finish in the top six after the draw, in which Xavi Torres cancelled out Mark Bridge's opener.
Coach Josep Gombau admitted he was disappointed by his team's performance, though.
"We need to improve. We did not have the ball enough and we made the game a transition game, with ups and downs," he said. "We are in a position now where we want to be in the top four, in the finals, and we need to win these games."
Perth are 1/1 to finish in the top six.
The Glory are 2/5 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 9/4 with the draw 13/5.
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