Confidence not an issue for Adelaide despite more misery says Karlovic

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Adelaide United remains winless and at the bottom of the W-League ladder but despite their horrendous season, coach Ivan Karlovic maintains confidence is not the issue.

The Reds went down 3-0 at home to Melbourne Victory on Saturday but Karlovic said they needed to put away their scoring opportunities.

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”If you step out on the field and you have nothing to play for you shouldn’t be playing the game,” he said.

”I think the girls have been confident because they have been playing some really good football but if you don’t put chances away and concede silly goals, you’re not going to win games…it’s as simple as that.”

Adelaide were second best for the entirety of the match against Victory and looked toothless in attack for one of the first times this campaign.

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They only managed one shot on target in the whole 90 minutes and were out-possessed by their opponents who now sit fifth on the ladder after registering just their second clean sheet of the season.

The Reds should have been fresh from earning their first point of the season against Perth Glory but they had an unexpected break in the last round as their match against the Newcastle Jets was postponed.

The match was delayed until February because of a combination of hazardous air quality and high temperatures.

Karlovic refused to admit the unforeseen bye had anything to do with his side’s performance against Victory.

”Both us and Melbourne didn’t play last week so I can’t really read anything into it,” he said.

”Nobody ever knows if having a bye is going to be positive or negative.

“The girls were well prepared for the game but if you fail to execute – you don’t win games.”

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Adelaide host the Western Sydney Wanderers in their next match. A side who they went toe to toe with to kick off the campaign and ultimately lost with the last kick of the game.

Karlovic admitted the season had not gone to plan since that moment. He reiterated the development of his young squad remained paramount now finals football was well and truly off the cards.

”We have been developing from the start because we are the youngest side in the league,” he said.

”Every week we are trying to develop the players to become better and we will continue to do so.

”We must educate them so they can learn from their mistakes and become more senior and polished in those areas.”

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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