Darvydas Sernas has earned the praise of his coach after a stunning equaliser against Victory
Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is expecting more brilliance from Darvydas Sernas after the Lithuanian international's scintillating A-League debut on Friday night.
Sernas brought Perth's nib Stadium to life with a sensational goal in the second half only minutes after coming off the bench to provide some attacking spark for Glory.
The 29-year-old scorched the ball past hapless Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe from outside the penalty box in the 50th minute to secure a draw for his new club.
Sernas continued to impress with his attacking runs to suggest he will be a vital cog in Glory's bid to play finals later this season.
"It was a great goal and I thought he showed his quality," Lowe said.
"He's composed, he's strong, he's quite intelligent, he's getting fouled and he looks a good player.
"Once he gets bedded in, I think we'll see even more."
Sernas, who was only cleared to make his A-League debut on Friday morning, had possibly the most bizarre start to an A-League career ever when he was denied entry to the pitch because he was wearing illegal socks.
Confusion reigned supreme as Sernas was ordered to change his socks prior to his half-time substitution for Adrian Zahra, leaving Glory to start the second half with 10 men.
"He had a pair of socks on that were elasticated on the bottom and didn't have a full foot in them and the linesman was asking for a sock with a full footing," Lowe said.
"It was pedantic to say the least, but he changed them and he went on."
Lowe hinted Sernas would start in Glory's next game against the resurgent Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Sunday week.
However, marquee defender William Gallas is a doubtful starter after sustaining another calf problem late in Friday's match.
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat won't crucify young striker Andrew Nabbout for missing two crucial chances that would have given his side a vital win.
Nabbout only had Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic to beat in the 79th minute after finding himself on the end of a counterattack, but he sprayed his shot horribly wide of the goal mouth.
The 21-year-old had another chance two minutes later, but his weak strike was easily stopped by Vukovic and Victory had to settle for a draw.
However, Muscat refused to point the finger at Nabbout for Victory's failure to claim maximum points after a tough fortnight for the A-League club.
"He's a young player learning his trade and he's made a great run to get in so I'm not going to be too critical of him," Muscat said.
"With those two chances, you would probably say very good chances that we could have gone on and won it.
"At this level if you want to win football games you've got to take those chances, but I thought it was a good bit of football to get him in."