Karlovic’s message is simple for Adelaide: ‘hit the back of the net’

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Adelaide United manager Ivan Karlovic remains positive despite back to back W-League losses to begin the season.

The Reds were defeated 1-0 by Sydney FC in their first home game last night in Round 2 of the W-League. Despite the defeat, Karlovic believes the positives far out way the negatives.

“We created a number of opportunities and should have been comfortably in the lead at half time.

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“We need to continue to work on it but like I said to the girls at the end of the match, if we play like that, we will win more games than not.” He said.

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Losing your opening two matches is never an ideal start to the season but Karlovic isn’t concerned that the club’s finals aspirations have been dealt a blow despite the 12 game season.

“We have played two of the better sides in the league now. Sydney are last year’s champions and I thought we dominated the game.

“Same as last week, we should have got something out of the game.

“For us, it’s about keeping positive and we will keep working because what we are doing is right. We just need that finishing touch.’’

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The Reds are clearly creating chances and the statistics prove that they are generating more shots than their opponents. The message from Karlovic leading into the next match is a simple one.

“Just hit the back of the net. We are creating more and more opportunities; it just doesn’t seem to be going in.

“It ricocheted, it bounced, it hit the crossbar, it just wouldn’t go in the back of the net for us.

“There were some really good signs, we dominated last years champions and they were pretty clinical last week against Melbourne Victory so there are a lot of positives for us,’’ he said.

Adelaide United travel to John McEwen Reserve in Round 3 as they take on Melbourne City in search of their first 3 points.

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