Impenetrable Reds bounce back from five-goal fiasco

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After conceding an alarming five-goals during their midweek match in Perth, Adelaide United’s back-four immediately responded by keeping Melbourne Victory scoreless in a 1-0 win. 

Several supporters and pundits were shocked to see them give away five-goals when United lost to Perth Glory last Wednesday. 

Despite the midweek defeat, the Reds returned home and reminded the rest of the A-League that they are still one of the best defensive units in the competition. 

Head coach Carl Veart was impressed with the way his side reacted. 

“We got back to the way we defended in the first two games,” Veart said.

“They (Melbourne) caused us a few issues playing between the lines but our back four dealt with it exceptionally well.”

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Victory lost star-striker, Rudy Gestede within the opening 10-minutes of the match but continued to press forward. 

Melbourne’s issues only worsened when FA Cup-winning forward, Callum McManaman also went down with a lower leg injury early in the second half. 

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Although they lost key players, the Victory came close to equalising after Mohammed Toure’s opening goal but Adelaide’s defence remained steadfast. 

Veart also discussed how reflecting on Wednesday’s loss helped his club regain their confidence. 

“We had a bit of a review after the Perth game but the players took that on board and they have got back to where they are expected to be.” 

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Including Saturday’s 1-0 result, Adelaide now leads the league with three clean sheets alongside the Central Coast Mariners. 

With champion centre-back Michael Jakobsen leading the way, the Reds will look to build on their performance against the Victory and cement themselves as one of the A-League’s elite defences. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.