Adelaide claims their first W-League win

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Adelaide United have ended their horror run of W-League results and beaten the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a nail biter.

The Reds were dominant throughout the entire 90 minutes but their good fortune almost came unstuck as they conceded two goals with five minutes to play.

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They managed to hang on and coach Ivan Karlovic was thrilled they could get the win they had been searching for since their opening day.

”We spoke to the girls about how we were going to play and how we were going to set them up in a manner that would get the most joy against a side like Western Sydney,” he said.

”We said to them that it’s about you girls going out there and executing with an intensity and a hunger to get a result and I thought from the very first second to the very end they were really good.

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”We have been like that for a number of games this season and I’m just pleased for the girls that we could get the result.”

Almost a year ago to the day, it was Western Sydney who came to the Marden Sports Complex winless and thumped Adelaide 4-1 to end the Reds 2018/19 finals chances.

Fast forward 12 months and the tables have turned. This time it was Adelaide’s turn to end their own winless run and de-rail a title challenge.

Some would say it was sweet revenge but Karlovic was not looking at it that way.

”You don’t look at it as revenge for last season but for me, it was important we showed a winning mentality and a hunger to get the result that is required,” he said.

”It was a little bit of deja vu on the opposite side because we were poor that day and got completely dominated – it was the opposite this time, I thought we completely dominated the game.

”Thankfully we had a number of opportunities and we took our chances very well.”

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Adelaide were the competition’s lowest scorers at the start of play with six goals in eight games.

The win now lifts Adelaide off the foot of the table with three games remaining – two of which are against the now bottom-placed Newcastle Jets.

If they win all three matches, there is the potential to finish as high as sixth but their coach is not getting carried away.

”I never look at the table,” he said.

“I’m always a believer in ending up where you deserve to end up because it’s what you deserve over the course of the year.

”We can’t play finals football but we can finish off the season in a good fashion and a manner that we have played all year.”

Adelaide travels to Newcastle for their catch-up match against the Jets on Saturday, February 1.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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