Adelaide United head coach Marco Kurz has hailed the fighting character of his team after they came from behind to beat last-placed Central Coast 2-1 in the final moments of the game.

It was a familiar story for Adelaide United: plenty of attacking intent had created a plethora of opportunity yet they found themselves level at 1-1 when it felt like they should be two or three ahead.

Until Scott Galloway, playing his best game since round 1, cut inside the Mariners defence on the left and delivered a superlative ball which found George Blackwood to tap-in the winner it felt that story was set to repeat again.

In their eighth game in 33 days, United admittedly looked tired at times against the Mariners yet knowing they needed a result to keep their top-four dreams alive, they found a second-wind and relentlessly attacked the Mariners till they could take no more, which is something that made Marco Kurz proud.

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“I think it was the first time the team felt pressure, I think they looked tired especially at the beginning and they did a couple of easy mistakes

“I am very proud of the boys attitude, at the end it was very important to jump over the hurdle, I think the second-half was a lot of pressure and a lot of belief, not every situation we played perfect but we created chances,” he said.

“I think in these games [eight in 33 days] we had a good consistency with the results but it’s my job to prepare the team for these situations, we knew it in the pre-season so we trained harder in the pre-season….and at the end I think you saw we had more power which was maybe a reason for the win,” he said.

The win allows Adelaide to keep pace with fourth-placed Melbourne City after leap-frogging Wellington on goal-difference which is vital for United’s finals ambitions this season which many people predicted for them.

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Mike Mulvey was effusive of Adelaide’s prospects when dissecting the game post-match.

“We’ve got to remember we’re playing a top four team here, should be top two I think, they’ve got quality players,” he said.

With more games on the horizon as the season enters it’s final stretch, the power of belief and never say die attitude may be just the ticket Adelaide needs to realise their top-four capabilities.

 

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