Wellington Phoenix
Adelaide United
Hyundai A-League R6
Westpac Stadium
2015-11-13T06:30:00+00:00
Attendance
13,654

Amor: Hard work can turn Reds around

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor has remained defiant despite a fourth straight loss in the Hyundai A-League.

The Reds’ 4-2 loss to the Phoenix in Wellington leaves them rooted to the foot of the ladder with just two points from their first half-dozen matches.

“I always say to the players, the more times you fall down, the more times you need to stand up,” Amor told reporters post game. 

“The only way to react to this situation is to work harder and harder every day and to stay together in these moments.”

The game started well for the visitors with Craig Goodwin opening the scoring inside three minutes, but a defensive mix-up saw Roy Krishna equalise for the Phoenix barely sixty seconds later.

“It was tough to concede the first goal so soon after we scored. It has been difficult for us to score first and today we did. To concede straight away was difficult for us,” said Amor.

Blake Powell on the ball against the Reds.

It was Adelaide’s second consecutive 4-2 loss and they have now conceded an alarming 15 goals in six games.

“We are working hard for this not to happen. We are conceding goals too easily,” said Amor.

To that end, the Reds hope to soon welcome back goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic from the knee injury which has prevented any involvement from the skipper this season. But Amor refused to blame their poor form on his absence.

“In football, when things don’t go well, people always (focus on) players who are not there. John Hall has done very well in the games he’s played and the rest of the players are assuming (Eugene’s) responsibility and showing character.”

The Spaniard left Argentinean playmaker Marcelo Carrusca on the bench against the Phoenix, opting instead for teenager George Mells in the starting side. When pressed, Amor described it as a “selection decision”.

“We choose the team we think will be the best each week,” he said.

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