Star Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart says it's too early for people to be bagging out coach Kenny Lowe despite the club's recent horror results.
Glory have slipped to seventh on the A-League table following back-to-back losses. Perth were thumped 6-0 by a rampant Sydney FC, before copping a 3-0 home loss to Adelaide.
Glory have been ravaged by injuries all season, forcing Lowe to throw a number of teenagers and other untried players into the starting XI.
Owner Tony Sage threw his support behind Lowe earlier this week, and the player group are behind the coach too.
Taggart said it was unfair to judge Lowe so harshly given the extensive injuries he's been forced to deal with this season.
"Of course it's always going to be difficult as a manager when half your team is injured," said Taggart, ahead of Tuesday night's home clash with Melbourne City.
"Kenny's been a good coach for the number of years I've known him.
"He's made the finals each year. Last year we made it to the semifinals.
"It's a bit too early to start throwing negative judgments right now.
"There's still a long way to go in the season, and I don't see why we can't make the finals.
"We've got a good team, and we've got a lot of players coming back from injury. As a playing group, we're really close knit."
Lowe said he was thankful for the faith and support shown in him by Sage, both now and in the past.
"He's always been fantastic," Lowe said. "Everyone called him a lunatic when they gave me the job. It's probably one of the best, astute bits of business he's done.
"I think there's only two coaches in the A-League who have a better points per games ratio to me at the moment.
"We were one game away from a grand final last year. We've been to FFA Cup finals. We've played finals every year.
"We entertain. We score goals. We're a hard team to play against -- normally".
"We're actually probably punching above our weight to be truthful with the sides we're putting out [at the moment]."
Glory were dealt two new injury blows on the weekend, with Mitch Nichols (hamstring) set to miss up to two weeks, and Joseph Mills (neck) almost certain to be ruled out against Melbourne City.
City snapped their three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Wellington last weekend.