It was an inspired triumph in a fiery derby last week, but Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has no time to dwell on the Reds’ ground-breaking victory at Etihad Stadium.

The win was Adelaide’s first at the stadium in 11 years, but much more pressing matters in the upcoming match in Newcastle await the side.

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At the same time the German coach has expressed his concern over a looming tournament with the potential to seriously impact an already ailing league.

The 2018 U-23 Championship – held in China this year – runs for 18 days in January [9-27] with Australia predicted to challenge for the trophy.

Kurz has grave concerns for the plight of his side with starters Paul Izzo, George Blackwood and Ben Garuccio expected to get the call-up among a handful of other starlets.

“It is very hard for us. We could lose three starters and that cannot happen,” said the exasperated coach.

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“We have five games in January and we don’t have the deep squad to find the quality for those games.

“The tournament is not at a good time and I hope we find a good decision for both sides.”

Speaking on behalf of his peers he predicted other sides would also suffer.

“It’s not good for the league.”

“Other clubs, Central Coast with [Daniel] De Silva and Melbourne City with [Bruce] Kamau and [Stefan] Mauk, it is not good for those teams.”

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With the trip to the Hunter fast approaching, the United coach spared some thoughts from last weekend’s rivalry encounter, particularly when sprawling with nine men.

“In this moment we had game luck and a special team spirit, that was very important.

“You cannot train for the situation but the boys fought for the victory and it was big for us.

The focus then shifted to Saturday’s encounter and the need to eradicate errors made against the Jets in an earlier home fixture.

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“We now have a new game against a very good team, one of the best in the league and we start again,” said the attentive coach.

“The first game at Coopers [Stadium], it was not enough to play 30 good minutes [to get the result].

“You need the perfect 90 minutes against Newcastle to get the top result. It’s a long trip and we must be clever.”

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