German midfielder Daniel Adlung was proud of the team’s response after conceding early, as Adelaide United fought back to claim a memorable 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
Late goals from substitute Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen overturned Massimo Maccarone’s volley to secure the three points for the Reds.
Adlung attributed the team’s strong preparation in pre-season to Adelaide’s ability to overrun their opponents for the majority of the game.
“The boys worked very hard in pre-season and played very well in pre-season as well,” he told Fox Sports after the match.
“In training there’s a lot of confidence and the players are very strong.
“So the result from the game I think was very good for us.
“In the first-half we had not so much confidence to play, but after the first 30 minutes we came more into the game.
“And the second-half I think we played better than Brisbane and the victory is good to us.”
In just his second competitive match in Australia, Adlung also discussed some of the differences between German football and the Hyundai A-League.
“I think it’s more physical than in Germany,” he revealed.
“In Germany sometimes in the second division it’s more tactical and things like that.
“But in Australia everybody is fighting and running, and pushing forward and I like that style of football.
“We see in our game if we can take confidence for ourselves we can win every game.
“But every game I think is close in the A-League, so you can also lose every game.
“It’s a hard competition and I like that.”
The win was Head Coach, Marco Kurz’s, first in the competition since arrive in the offseason.
However, the 30-year-old said while Kurz will be delighted to have grabbed the victory he will remain concerned about the slow start for a second successive week.
“I think in the end he’s more happy, but we have to speak about the first minutes,” he said.
“It was like the same in Wellington, we are not awake enough in the first minutes.
“So we get into trouble so we have to make it better from the first minute until the end and then I think the coach will be happier.”
Adelaide United host Melbourne Victory in Round 3 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Friday, 20 October at Adelaide Oval. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.