What we learned in the A-League: Lowe stakes his claim, Adelaide impress

The interim Perth Glory boss is making a strong case for being handed the reins on a long-term basis, while the Reds made everyone sit up and take notice by winning in Brisbane
1. Out-of-form Jets face tough period (Mark Hughes @ Hunter Stadium)

The Jets desperately needed all three points in this fixture after losing their last two match to leave them clinging to sixth place but they could only manage a draw. They had the bulk of possession but couldn't convert the pressure into goals while they gave away a goal on the counter. With four of their young stars away for the next two matches with the Australian Under-22 team and Nathan Burns heading back to South Korea, the Jets will have to dig deep into their squad to improve their form if they want to stay in the top six.  

2. Lowe stakes claim to permanent role (Michael Washbourne @ nib Stadium)

Perth Glory has plenty to smile about after back-to-back wins and three clean sheets from the last four matches under interim coach Kenny Lowe. Glory appear a much happier club and are playing with more confidence under Lowe, who has done nothing to harm his chances of taking on the top job permanently. However, the next three games against top sides Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory will be the true test of his credentials and Glory's finals aspirations.

Melbourne Heart will need to beat the Newcastle Jets to avoid claiming an unwanted A-League record of 20 consecutive matches without a win. Heart has shown glimpses of the side they could be in the past fortnight since John van' t Schip returned to the helm, but the club lacks a finisher. Michael Mifsud and Harry Kewell have scored just one goal between them this season, but Van' t Schip looks set to persist with the struggling pair. The long-awaited returns of Orlando Engelaar and Jonatan Germano cannot come soon enough for the league's bottom side.

3. Reds gather momentum with win over Roar (Dan Colasimone @ Suncorp Stadium)

Adelaide United confirmed they are out of their early season rut with their third win in five games. The fact that it was over the ladder leaders, Brisbane Roar, will give coach Josep Gombau further reason to believe his players are beginning to get their heads around the system he is trying to implement. The result also showed that it is possible to beat Brisbane on their own turf while still playing a positive brand of football. In the first half especially, Adelaide unsettled the Roar by keeping a decent portion of the possession and playing the game at their own pace. Brisbane, meanwhile, showed character to fight back after having a man sent off late in the first half, and can feel unlucky they did not escape with a draw, or even earn a late winner. Post-match comments from the coaches indicated that Gombau is still looking to next season rather than the current one to make a serious title challenge, while Mike Mulvey sees this result as a blip rather than a major concern.

4. Wanderers keep the pressure on league leaders (John Greco @ Pirtek Stadium)

The Wanderers' late win over bitter rivals Sydney FC not only gives the club local bragging rights but more importantly keeps the heat on league-leaders Brisbane Roar. Coach Tony Popovic was understandably delighted with the result but more so with the performance, which he believes was the best indication they are back to the type of form that made them so successful last season. The Wanderers have a great ability to wear teams down, absorb pressure at times and then strike which is exactly what they did against the Sky Blues.

Sydney produced an improved performance than on recent weeks but have now dropped out of top six with just one win from last six games. If there's one thing they can take out of the derby defeat it's that youngster Corey Gamiero has to come into the starting side. The 20-year-old has pace to burn and an eye for goal and sparked the Sky Blues when he entered the match just after half-time.