Adelaide United are without a win in five consecutive games following their loss to Perth Glory on Friday night.

If you wanted a sign that Adelaide was severely out of form, there were plenty to pick from against Perth Glory.

The players gesturing grew more frantic with each misplaced pass while the supporters grew frustrated in the stands as they watched United struggle to generate any attacking impetus against a wall of white Perth Glory shirts.

Marco Kurz’s pacing in the technical area became more noticeable as he searched for an answer to their woes.

There doesn’t seem to be a single, catch-all solution to Adelaide’s form slump which has seen them not win since the beginning of February.

United dictated possession against Perth, had a greater number of shots yet had fewer on target while Adelaide attempted double the number of crosses yet were half as accurate as Perth, seemingly for everything they did right there was another aspect they did wrong…nothing is quite going Adelaide’s way.

Embed from Getty Images

However, Marco Kurz doesn’t seem fazed by the pressure of missing finals for the first time under his watch.

“No [when asked if he was worried about missing finals], I know it’s a dangerous situation, not easy too handle it but I trust the boys, I believe, I know it’s hard work but we must find the way back and I still believe and I trust in our quality,” he said.

You can watch the A-League live for only $25 a month. Click here to read our review of Kayo Sports and to start your 14-day free trial.

“We have to analyse this game very hard, we have to work the next two weeks very hard and very good and find the right solutions to come back on the right track,” he said.

The majority of Adelaide’s problems seem to lie up forward as they have been one of the lowest scoring teams in the A-League over the past five games, with even last-place Central Coast Mariners outscoring United.

Embed from Getty Images

New signing Jordy Thomassen has become a symbol of United’s woes in-front of goal and drawn the ire of fans, after failing to score for United in his appearances so far while having not scored competitively for over a year.

“To be fair to the boy [Thomassen] it’s not a marquee striker, it’s a young boy and that means I’ll have to improve him, he’s come from the second division in the Netherlands and now it’s my job to improve him.

“It’s not this kind of quality striker like Baba in the past or Keogh or anything else and now it’s a job to improve him and I know how difficult the situation is with our strikers.

“Everybody waited for a striker but I will be fair to him and correct, it is the first move to a foreign club, to Australia and now I have to work with him.

“It’s not an experienced player you can bring in a score goals… but I know how difficult it is the discussion around out strikers,” Kurz said.

While a trip to Central Coast Mariners after the break shapes as a must-win for United so to do tough fixtures at home against Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory where Adelaide simply must pick-up points to remain a shot at the top six.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

SHARE
A student at University of South Australia who hopes his writing disguises his lack of sporting prowess and a fan who masquerades his choice in mediocre teams as being hipster