Adelaide United
Central Coast Mariners
Hyundai A-League R21
Coopers Stadium
2015-03-12T08:30:00+00:00
Attendance
7,767

Lack of confidence to blame for slow start: Gombau

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau believes a dearth of confidence following a recent run of outs was to blame for the Reds' ragged start to Thursday's 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium.

The Mariners shook the error-prone home side early with a disciplined high press and struck the first blow when Anthony Caceres blazed from long range in the 23rd minute.

Just when it looked like United's form drought would extend to one win from their past six, Marcelo Carrusca equalised just a minute later and Gombau's charges never looked back, stealing the lead through Craig Goodwin in the 67th.

WRAP: Adelaide United 2 Central Coast Mariners 1

"After we lost two games (in a row), we didn't have the confidence in ourselves," Gombau said.

"The first 20 minutes we didn't have the passing lines and the style we play.

"For me the key moment was when they scored, and one minute later we scored.

"This made the team trust in itself and try to play our football.

"After the players started to get their confidence, we started to play our style of football again and we did that in the second half."

It wasn't the most memorable or sparking victory in Adelaide's history but it was enough for the Reds to grab a share of second spot with Wellington Phoenix.

Gombau actually felt Adelaide played better football in last week's 2-0 away loss to Phoenix.

"Sometimes when you haven't been getting the results, you don't have this confidence in what you are doing," Gombau said.

"Normally you see the football (aligned) with the results.

"For me, we did very well in Wellington and didn't get the result.

"Today we maybe didn't play as good and we got the result."

Aside from the Reds' dusty form, most of the pre-match hype centred around the reneging of the so-called 'gentleman's agreement' that in-form Mariners winger Fabio Ferreira wouldn't play against his old side.

Unflurried, Gombau simply set his best all-round stopper, Tarek Elrich, onto Ferreira and the result was a handsome win for new Socceroo Elrich.

"Elrich beat Ferreira, by a lot," Gombau said.

"Elrich was one of the best players on the field.

"Every single game he's one of the 2-3 best players in his performance.

"He deserves what is coming from the Socceroos."

Conversely, young striker Awer Mabil will miss the next few weeks after sustaining a quad injury during the week.

"Awer had a scan and the doctor saw he has a problem in his quad and he needs to be out for 2-3 weeks," Gombau said.

"This is bad news for us. He missed training two days before the game.

"Every single team has injuries and we need to deal with this."

Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 26 17 6 3 57
Sydney FC 26 16 4 6 52
Melbourne Victory 26 14 5 7 47
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Wellington Phoenix 26 11 7 8 40
Melbourne City FC 26 10 7 9 37
Newcastle Jets 26 9 5 12 32
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 26 6 6 14 24
Brisbane Roar FC 27 4 6 17 18
Central Coast Mariners 26 3 4 19 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