Reddy sees Red as Glory draw

05 March 2018 01:36:37 EST

Perth Glory had goalkeeper Liam Reddy sent off late on in their 1-1 draw away to Western Sydney Wanderers.

The gloveman was dismissed with three minutes to go for tripping Jaushua Sotirio as the striker tried to round him on the edge of the area, but the red-card decision was slammed by coach Kenny Lowe after the game.

Reddy's dismissal didn't affect the outcome, though it did force Lowe to use defender Dino Djulbic in goal for the final few minutes as he'd already made three substitutions.

Both goals came in a three-minute spell in the first half at Spotless Stadium and the result will suit Wanderers much more than the visitors.

Perth stay four points off Josep Gombau's sixth-placed side with five games left, though they are at home in four of them.

The Glory, who lost Diego Castro to injury in the warm-up, are now winless in six away matches, while Western Sydney are unbeaten in seven at home.

The hosts took the lead on 10 minutes when Mark Bridge smashed the ball home after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Glory.

Almost immediately, though, Wanderers conceded an equaliser when keeper Vedran Janjetovic brought down Joel Chianese in the area and Xavi Torres converted from the spot.

Janjetovic, who was booked for his trip, came up with an important save minutes later to deny Andy Keogh at point-blank range after a neat build-up involving Jacob Italiano and Neil Kilkenny.

Djulbic came to Perth's rescue when he headed off the line after Marcelo Carrusca dribbled by Reddy and sent in a shot from a tight angle.

The Glory came close in the second half when substitute Adam Taggart headed just wide from a corner.

After the game, Lowe vented his fury at the decision to send off Reddy and claimed the keeper made no contact with Sotirio.

"I thought the flippers, the goggles and snorkel might have given it away, he's not touched him," said the coach.

Wanderers are 10/11 to win their next game against Wellington, who are 13/5, with the draw 14/5.

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