Marco Kurz admits Perth Glory were patently the superior side in Adelaide United’s 2-0 loss at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.
The ladder leaders profited from two Reds errors with Diego Castro and Andy Keogh on hand to take full advantage.
Kurz told reporters in the post-match press conference that Perth deserved full credit for their solid performance.
The German added that he felt the Reds improved after half-time, but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances to truly trouble Perth when the game remained in the balance.
“I think today it was a clear result, Perth was the better team for the whole ninety minutes,” he told the media after the match.
“Maybe in the second-half we had a little bit more from the game and a little bit more confidence in our game.
“We had a couple of chances to score the equaliser and we’ve to analyse this game and work very hard the next two weeks.
“And find the right solutions to come back on the right track.”
Adelaide are temporarily five points clear of seventh-placed Newcastle Jets, who play Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.
Despite the Reds’ current run of negative results, Kurz still had faith that they will secure a finals berth come the end of the regular season.
“I know it’s a dangerous situation, not easy to handle it but I trust the boys,” he said.
“I believe and I know it’s hard work and we must find the way back but I still believe and I trust in our quality.”
Adelaide United face Central Coast Mariners in Round 23 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 31 March at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.30pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and streamed on the My Football Live App and Kayo Sports.