Marco’s mantra of fitness and fight continues to provide a refreshing alternative to the dour displays on the East Coast.

A dramatic two-goal fight-back nothing short of astounding against Central Coast on Saturday night is yet another reflection of the character instilled in the Adelaide United squad from their German coach.

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Reduced to 10-men in the opening 20 minutes and down 2-0 by the 60th minute, the Reds looked nothing of the side characterised by their coach’s grit and drive.

But a 61st minute Jordan Elsey header and a George Blackwood equaliser in the 83rd revealed a robust and resilient team with the fitness base to match.

Speaking after the memorable encounter the United coach detailed the terrific shift his squad put in and the message behind it.

“One of my qualities is to give the team confidence, belief and the fight until the end of the game,” said Kurz.

“The team is special. The team spirit, belief in our game, belief in the team is one of our biggest qualities and a compliment to our effort.

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“The coaching team works hard, the staff works hard and the boys see this and follow us and that’s very important.”

When discussing the fitness of the squad Kurz was eager to detail the immense effort of Daniel Adlung and Isaias in the middle of the field.

The pair were forced to share the three-man midfield workload and thrived in the adverse conditions.

“It’s very good for us. If you play with one player less maybe some players stay behind the opponent but Daniel and Isaias ask for the ball, they believe, they give the whole team confidence and that’s very important.

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“The reason for the fitness is the preseason and always good recovery after every game. The boys now have power in every game and its become a quality for us.

“I said to the boys at half time to stay high, that we press them man-against-man. I was 100% sure that we had enough power until the end to get the turnaround.”

With 22 shots to the Mariners’ 12 the hosts perhaps could have taken full reward from the match.

And new signing Dzengis Cavusevic nearly managed just that in the dying seconds, his late header brilliantly saved in a moment that could have forever endeared the individual to the Coopers Stadium crowd.

But perhaps it was fitting that the Slovenian striker didn’t steal the headlines, because it would have taken from the tremendous story of Adelaide this season; a team full of unity and spirit.

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