Wellington Phoenix
Adelaide United
Hyundai A-League R20
Hutt Recreational Ground
2015-03-07T04:00:00+00:00
Attendance
7,819

Gombau left to rue defensive lapse

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau has pinpointed the opening goal as the key to his side’s 2-0 defeat to Wellington at the Hutt Recreation Ground.

With the scores locked at 0-0 and time ticking down, Joel Griffiths scored his first goal for the Phoenix, followed just minutes later by a knock-out punch from Nathan Burns.

Report: Wellington Phoenix 2 Adelaide United 0

“The game was very equal," said Gombau.

“Whoever scored the first goal (was likely) to take the game. In this case, Wellington scored. We didn’t defend well on a throw-in and Wellington scored the first goal. After that it was difficult for us.”

On a windy Wellington day, there was also doubt about the suitability of the playing surface after a monsoon-like downpour in the hours before kick-off. But Gombau refused to blame the pitch.

“It is what we have. It’s not for complaining about. It’s the same for both teams. We used the same field as Wellington. It’s no excuse. We need to play to the conditions.”

“In the first half it was very windy and that was difficult. The second half was open.”

After a month on the sidelines with a knee injury, Gombau welcomed back centre-back Nigel Boogaard to partner Dylan McGowan, with the influential defender putting in a typically whole-hearted display.

“We haven’t had (Nigel) for the last five or six weeks, so his return is good news. We also hope Osama can play next week”, said Gombau.

And despite consecutive defeats and just one win in their last five matches, the Spaniard was far from downcast.

“We have seven games to go. The league is very close. Depending on results, we may only be three points behind the top team.”

Adelaide next face the Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Thursday evening.

Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 19 14 4 1 46
Melbourne Victory 19 11 4 4 37
Sydney FC 19 11 3 5 36
Adelaide United 19 8 6 5 30
Melbourne City FC 19 8 4 7 28
Wellington Phoenix 19 7 7 5 28
Newcastle Jets 19 6 4 9 22
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 19 4 4 11 16
Brisbane Roar FC 20 3 6 11 15
Central Coast Mariners 20 1 4 15 7
# 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