Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz says the club is still capable of a top four finish despite dropping another two points at home to bottom club Sydney FC last night.
Smeltz twice put Glory ahead with classy finishes at nib Stadium only to see the Sky Blues equalise on both occasions to force a 2-2 draw.
Glory remain in fifth place but could slip further behind the top four when Western Sydney take on Central Coast this afternoon.
"There's still a long way to go and we're confident that we can be in there for sure," Smeltz said at this morning's recovery session.
"We've got a good bunch of games coming up and we need to knuckle down and try to get as many points as we can."
Smeltz, the A-League's all-time leading goal scorer, had found the net just twice in eight starts before last night's game and was under pressure to inspire a Glory side that had averaged a league-worst one goal a game.
The New Zealand international had struggled with a minor groin injury during the build-up to the game.
But he delivered with a fine header on the end of a pin-point cross from Josh Risdon in the first half and a sweetly struck first-time shot from the edge of the box 10 minutes from time.
Unfortunately for Glory, Jason Culina equalised for Sydney after the first goal and Sebastian Ryall pounced on a rare mistake by goalkeeper Danny Vukovic to level the match for a second time in the 82nd minute.
"It's obviously pleasing to be scoring but it's probably a little bit of a disappointing feeling this morning," Smeltz said.
"It sort of feels like we dropped two points at home in a way. We probably should've had it wrapped up after going in front twice at home.
"If you're scoring goals at home you expect to win but the boys understand we gave that game away.
"We just have to refocus now and the games are coming around pretty quick. We've got another game Friday in Adelaide and we have to focus for that one now."
Vukovic failed to deal with a free-kick in the build-up to Sydney's second goal, getting a hand to a ball he should have caught before Ryall tapped it into the open net.
"That will be hurting Danny. He doesn't make too many mistakes like that but he's a big boy and he's mentally strong," Smeltz said.
"He's been great for us this season and I'm sure he'll come back firing and be a standout next week."
Glory face a tricky trip to Adelaide on Friday but will be buoyed by a good recent record at Hindmarsh Stadium.They won both games at the ground last season and came away with a draw on their most recent visit in round six.
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