Adelaide’s win against Newcastle was stolen says Verbeek

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Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek was not impressed with the manner in which his side played in their 2-1 win, describing the win as stolen.

Verbeek said the win over the Newcastle Jets was thanks to goalkeeper Paul Izzo who saved the side.

’’I would have been satisfied with the draw because there wasn’t enough aggression in the team,’’ he said.

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’’If you look at the way we played football, I was not amused, we were the reactive team and we want to be an active team.

’’We were the lucky team and it was a stolen win.

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“Lucky because we scored the first goal out of nothing.”

The defeat ends the Jets three-game undefeated streak and coach Ernie Merrick echoed Verbeek’s sentiments because he too, could not believe how they did not get anything from the match.

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’’I’ve decided that stats lie, they are absolutely ridiculous because we had 31 shots to Adelaide’s 13,” he said.

’’To be perfectly honest, we just need a goal scorer or a finisher during open play.

’’I think we’ve played seven games now and we have only scored for goals from open play and that’s a big problem.”

Despite being outplayed in large parts of both matches in the last two weeks, Reds coach Verbeek does not view next weeks bye as an opportunity to iron out those issues.

’’When I was sitting here after the Melbourne Victory match, everybody thought we were already champions,” he said.

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’’Now after two games where we haven’t played so well, they are saying there are circumstances where we have to work on things.

’’Of course, we have a lot of work to do. We are not the number one team in this league and we will also not be the number two of this league.’’

The win for Adelaide reinforces third place on the ladder and puts them one point behind Melbourne City in second, while the defeat sinks the Jets to eighth.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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