Verbeek: ‘sometimes football is not honest’

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Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek believes his side deserved a lot more than their 3-2 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers and was happy with the way they played football.

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”I’m not happy with the result, that’s obvious, but I think we did a great job. Offensively, very good and defensively, we were very unlucky with the three goals,” he said.

Wanderers coach, Markus Babbel agreed that his side were second best and struggled to deal with Adelaide’s attacking pressure for large parts of the match.

”Sometimes you can’t explain football – last week we played much better and could only get a point.

”The weeks before, against Wellington and Perth we played a much better style of football and couldn’t get the results.

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”Today, it wasn’t the best performance but we got a result and that’s football.’’

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Western Sydney had not won in 62 days and they didn’t make it easy for themselves with two stoppage-time penalties conceded, but the win took them into the top six after an unpleasant patch of away form.

Babell expressed how happy he was with the result and joked that he ‘did something right’ after his substitute, Tarek Elrich provided the cross for Nicolai Müller’s second goal.

”I know that the players who are not starting are disappointed and they can be angry with me but I told them not to let the other boys down.

”This is what you as a coach wish – that the substitutes have a positive influence in the game and all of them today did a fantastic job.

”I know how hard it is for everyone not to play but we are professionals; I have to make decisions and they have to show me on the pitch that I was wrong.”

It is the first time the Wanderers have recorded back-to-back A-League victories against Adelaide since 2013, a season where they eventually went on to finish 2nd.

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They will look to build on their form next week as they host the struggling Brisbane Roar.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t get any easier for the Reds as they travel to Sydney to take on the champions.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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