Adelaide United
Newcastle Jets
Hyundai A-League R7
Coopers Stadium
2015-11-22T06:00:00+00:00
Attendance
10,048

Amor backs Reds strike force

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor refuted suggestions his struggling side needs to search externally for a premier striker, believing there are plenty of potential match-winning attacking options within the current squad.

The Reds attack had a number of opportunities but failed to land a killer blow in Sunday’s 0-0 draw against the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium, which extended the Reds’ winless start to the season to seven matches.

While Adelaide managed to at last stem the recent flurry of goals conceded - 14 in total across the previous four matches - their inability to convert at the other end let the Jets off the hook.

Pablo Sánchez, the Reds’ leading goal-scorer this season, never left the bench, Sergio Cirio had a relatively quiet afternoon and Bruce Djite hasn’t notched an A-League goal since Round 18 last season.

But Amor is maintaining the faith, saying: “We’ve got Bruce as our No. 9, as is Eli Babalj, but he’s injured,” Amor said.

“Pablo can play there and Sergio can play there as well. We have plenty of options for that position.

“We had a lot of control (against Newcastle) and a lot of chances.”

Adelaide’s bid for a drought-breaking triumph was dealt an early setback when defender Osama Malik exited the contest in the eighth minute after sustaining a hamstring injury in seemingly innocuous fashion.

Amor is unsure about the seriousness of Malik’s injury but the key centre-half could be in doubt for this Saturday’s clash with arch rival Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

“It’s a hamstring,” Amor confirmed. “He will go for a check (scan) tomorrow (Monday).

“I didn’t see the exact action that caused it but we’ll know more tomorrow.

Osama Malik

“It wasn’t an easy game for us given the difficult situation we’re in.

“We had the problem early with Osama going down and we had to change things around a little bit. I thought we did well after that.

“Adelaide always plays to win so there’s always that disappointment when we draw and maybe Newcastle are the happier of the two teams to come away with the draw.

“The team has shown they’re capable of winning.”

Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Sydney FC Women 12 8 1 3 25
Newcastle Jets Women 12 6 2 4 20
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Canberra United Women 12 5 1 6 16
Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 4 1 3 13
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 2 3 11
Perth Glory Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 2 1 5 7
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 6 0 2 18
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 2 1 17
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 3 2 12
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 2 1 5 7
Canberra United Youth 8 1 0 7 3