Karlović delighted with Reds’ response after falling behind


Ivan Karlović admits it was frustrating not to be able to claim all three points but took comfort in Adelaide United’s fighting spirit to maintain their unbeaten streak.

After initially taking the lead, the Reds went on to record a 2-2 draw against Perth Glory in Round 6 of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season.

Karlović upon reflection believed his side could have snatched the victory had they capitalised on their chances late on.

“We were disappointed that we didn’t take the three points,” Karlović said.

“I felt with the opportunities that we created, especially towards the end we should’ve capitalised but Perth are always dangerous on the transition.

“So it was important we didn’t concede either, look overall content with the result but felt we probably could’ve got a little more out of the game.”

Veronica Latsko opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before Sam Kerr cancelled her goal out with a quick-fire brace prior to the interval.

Veronica Latsko opens the scoring with a tidy finish from Amber Brooks' long ball.

The Reds Head Coach lamented falling behind so close to half-time but praised the endeavour shown in the second-half.

Other sides could have yielded though Adelaide battled and not only found an equaliser through Latsko, but looked the more dangerous in the final 15 minutes.

He also discussed the change in mentality he has tried to establish which has contributed to the side’s impressive start to the season.

“It’s always tough to concede before half-time,” he said.

“But testament to the girls and the character and the will they have to never lay down and give up in games.

“So they came out in the second-half and we really started to look to play.

“I think when Perth went down to ten players it became more of a challenge because they were really looking for the transition and Sam (Kerr) isolated up top to create something off her own boot.

“So it was important we didn’t allow them those opportunities as well.

“But overall I think from our end we’re going in with a mentality that we expect to win.

“And we’re disappointed when we don’t win so that’s cultural change we’re trying to achieve.”

Latsko has now scored four goals this season following last night’s brace and Karlović said her ability to find the net is attributed to her tireless work-rate.”

Veronica Latkso completes her brace and squares the ledger against Perth.

“Veronica is a superb team player and will work as hard as anyone for anyone,” he said.

“And she’s just getting just reward for her hard work and endeavour and positioning and her movement.

“And we talk about that if you’re not making the runs, you’re not going to get rewarded and she’s making those runs and it’s a team effort.

“She’s got a lot of players around her that are also contributing and she’s at the moment on the end of a lot of them, but there are a number of other players that are playing a vital role.

“I’m extremely happy with the way the girls are combining and we can improve.”

United’s attention now turns to an away fixture against Sydney FC on Thursday.

Karlović said the team will be aiming for the three points against the Sky Blues.

“We’re extremely confident as a group and we’re confident in our abilities and knowing where we’re heading,” he continued.

“Obviously Sydney is a very, very good side on paper, one of the best sides in the league but that’s on paper.

“We’re one of the better sides going around on the park at the moment so we’re up for the challenge and keen on going over there and getting three points and hope to continue to improve each week.”

Adelaide United face Sydney FC in Round 7 of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season on Thursday, 13 December at Cromer Park. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT. Watch Live on Fox Sports or the My Football Live App.