Adelaide’s Brisbane gains

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Six games, four losses, two draws. It’s hard to imagine that this is the scoresheet of the reigning A-League champions after a month and a half of their title defence, but it is.

Is it all about to change though? On Friday night Adelaide United showed fight, real fight, and salvaged a 1-1 draw in front of the Coopers Stadium faithful. Such a result may ignite a degree of hope in Reds fans that only existed a year ago.

The return of James Holland to the centre of the park and Marcelo Carrusca behind the strikers was a significant gain for the Reds and with Sergio Cirio and Michael Marrone on the way back, Adelaide might have just left the road to disaster and entered the freeway of success.

Adelaide boss Guillermo Amor was typically pragmatic after the draw, but did acknowledge that his team’s efforts against the Roar was an improvement on recent weeks, particularly after going down after 60 minutes.

“It’s better to have one point than nothing, but we want to win,” he said.

“After the last four games that we lost, that we don’t lose [Friday] is better… the level of the team was good, our players worked very well, everybody gave everything and for us that’s not bad.

“The intensity of the game for me was different from other games… the focus was high and this is important.

“The situation is difficult, we are last but we go and go for a win every game every time,” Amor said.

Perhaps, though, the highest praise for Adelaide’s gear shift came from Amor’s opposite number John Aloisi, who said that the Adelaide side his charges faced on Friday was a tougher unit than the famed squad that won the championship last season.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Adelaide United were desperate, it was like a grand final for them,” Aloisi said.

“Adelaide are a good side, I’ve been watching their games, they’ve created a lot of chances against every opposition I’ve seen.

“I actually think they are playing better [than last season], at the moment things aren’t going their way… but performance-wise, they are doing well,” he said.

With the confidence of a superb comeback against a highflying club and the return of several key players from injury, perhaps Adelaide’s season turned a corner at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. Any naysayers might wish to look back 12 months for proof. Adelaide had half the points they have now at the same point in the season.

Long live the premiers.

 

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