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OPINION: Three things we spotted from our win over Brisbane

A Ben Halloran double helped Adelaide United make it two wins on the bounce following a gutsy 2-1 victory against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Here are three things we learned from the pulsating and at times tempestuous encounter at Coopers Stadium:

Reds targeted Roar full-backs with diagonal balls

Throughout the game, but especially in the first-half, Adelaide played several diagonal cross-field passes to expose Brisbane’s full-backs and isolate them in one-on-one situations. It worked to great effect as Craig Goodwin picked out Ryan Kitto on the right flank, with acres of space for the winger to run into and either deliver a cross or fire a shot at goal.

The same applied on the other wing with Goodwin given plenty of room to operate and cause Jack Hingert a number of problems, who could not live with his movement. Indeed, the Reds’ first goal came via a Goodwin cross into the area, and the second created after Jamie Young diverted Kitto’s delivery into the path of Halloran for his second.

Craig Goodwin vs Brisbane Roar
Craig Goodwin set up the opening goal with a lovely low cross. Photo by Phil Radoslovich

Attackers given licence to interchange

Head Coach, Marco Kurz, appears to have given his forwards the freedom to interchange at will. At various stages of the match, Goodwin and Kitto would find themselves on opposite flanks, while Halloran and Ken Ilsø seemed to alternate up front. Halloran also found himself out wide too.

Moreover, when Nikola Mileusnić was brought on it provided Adelaide with another dynamic attacking option. The Reds have scored five goals in two matches now, and the unpredictability about their forward runs and rotations of occupying differing positions has created a sense of confusion for opposition defences to track and know exactly who they are marking.

Ben Halloran breaks the deadlock.

Isaías’ leadership qualities again come to the fore

The engine in Adelaide’s midfield, Isaías, again illustrated his invaluable qualities from not only a footballing ability perspective, but a leadership standpoint as well. When Stefan Mauk was knocked out following his dangerous tackle on Goodwin in stoppage time, he without hesitation, rushed to the 23-year-old’s aid and was quick to protect him from the crowded area, before he received medical attention. It was admirable and perceptible by the Reds Captain of realising the situation as the match reached boiling point.

Isaias vs Brisbane Roar
Isaías was influential in the Reds' win over Brisbane. Photo by Phil Radoslovich.

Back on the football, we have become accustomed of the Spaniard's consistency that you almost take his performances for granted. But it felt the Spaniard’s display on Friday went up a notch, as he pulled the strings from midfield. The 31-year-old directly created four chances, and played the pass that released Goodwin to assist Halloran’s opener. He also won four of five tackles and boasted an 81% passing accuracy rate.

Adelaide United face Melbourne Victory in Round 7 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Saturday, 8 December at Marvel Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and 10 Boss and streamed on the My Football Live App.

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Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 27 18 6 3 60
Sydney FC 27 16 4 7 52
Melbourne Victory 27 15 5 7 50
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Melbourne City FC 27 11 7 9 40
Wellington Phoenix 27 11 7 9 40
Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 6 6 15 24
Brisbane Roar FC 27 4 6 17 18
Central Coast Mariners 27 3 4 20 13
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne Victory Women 12 7 3 2 24
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Sydney FC Women 12 6 1 5 19
Perth Glory Women 12 5 4 3 19
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 1 5 19
Adelaide United Women 12 5 3 4 18
Newcastle Jets Women 12 5 1 6 16
Canberra United Women 12 3 4 5 13
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 1 1 10 4
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Perth Glory Youth 8 3 2 3 11
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 1 1 6 4
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 6 0 2 18
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 0 3 15
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 5 0 3 15
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Canberra United Youth 8 0 1 7 1