Adelaide United Head Coach, Ivan Karlovic, was pleased with his side’s first win of the season, against an in-form Perth Glory at Marden Sports Complex on Friday.
The Reds secured all three points at home in a 3-1 masterpiece, an all-round positive performance to kick-start their campaign, following a disappointing defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers last week.
Karlovic emphasised the quality of football his players produced against Glory, and how well they bounced-back from a heartbreaking loss, but there is still room to improve.
“We really had the quality to get the result today, and the team followed through and deserved the outcome of the match,” Karlovic said.
“They were fantastic all week following the loss and had the right attitude leading up to this week’s game as they didn’t drop their heads at all.
“We will always look to continue to improve and I think we did that this week and I’m sure as the season progresses, we will get the results.
“At half-time, I mentioned the old cliché of ‘2-0’, and it was important to continue what we were doing well in the first half.
“I thought we did drop off a bit and invited some pressure that we knew Perth were going to give, and unfortunately conceded an own goal but we responded really well after that, and thankfully killed the game off.”
Karlovic applauded the whole squad and in particular, Makenzy Doniak, who added another three goals to her tally in a lethal performance up front, and noted how vital the American is the Reds.
“That’s what strikers are there for, they need to make that percentage of shots on goal and goals scored at a high ratio, and she really improved that.
“She’s gelled with the team really well, and knows a few of the other players which helps, and she is quiet but loud on the park.
“The whole team performed well today and showcased what we can do, and especially against a quality side like Perth Glory.”
Commenting on next week’s match against Brisbane Roar, Karlovic noted that focus for 90 minutes is crucial, but their fitness levels will advance as the season goes on and they will be able to put games to bed.
“We’ll need to improve our ability to see out a full 90 minutes,” Karlovic continued.
“But that’s a thing that will no doubt come every week, as the girls train regularly, and this has been the first training session as a full group which was pleasing.
“Hopefully we can continue to build and improve and get some of the match fitness up with the girls who are lacking a bit.”