Adelaide United
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Hyundai A-League R9
Coopers Stadium
2014-12-06T08:30:00+00:00
Attendance
12,122

Reds must be sharper: Gombau

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau wants his side to improve its reliability around goals and final touch after allowing the Western Sydney Wanderers to wriggle out of a potentially embarrassing scoreboard blowout in Saturday's 2-0 win at Coopers Stadium.

After Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was red-carded in the 17th minute, the Reds ran complete roughshod over the visitors all over the pitch.

The result was never in doubt but the fact United could only muster two goals, to Marcelo Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira, amid a litany of familiar close-calls and near-misses frustrated Gombau, mindful that goal difference could ultimately separate a clustered top-end of the ladder.

"When a team tries to (exclusively) defend, it is difficult to go inside," he said.

"The personal touch of shooting and scoring was not so good.

"This is something we need to improve.

"I am unhappy with the scoring ... because at the end of the week, one or two goals for us to be in one position or another ... you can be lose a position for this.

"We need to increase this number (of goals).

"All the season, against Sydney (0-0 draw) here we created a lot of chances; against Wellington (2-1 win) ... chances okay, goals not enough."

Illustrating the Reds' absolute dominance of Western Sydney were some of the most one-sided match-day statistics in recent memory.

Adelaide had more shots in total (26-1), shots on target (8-0), corners (13-0), crosses (43-0) and passes (786-210).

Those astounding numbers were beyond anything Gombau anticipated, although he did concede the fact the Wanderers were down to 10 men for the majority of the contest was significant.

"You don't expect when you prepare a game that we would have the ball like this and we would create this number of chances," Gombau said.

"It's true that against a team that plays with 10 it's easier than against a team that plays with 11.

"In the end we had a good game - we played very good football.

"The aim is to play like this against 11."
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