Kurz disappointed after City loss


Marco Kurz was left disappointed following Adelaide United’s performance against Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on Sunday night.

The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat against City, in what was a frustrating display.

Kurz said he was pleased with his side’s intent before conceding an own goal in the 25th minute.

He lamented his players dropping their heads after the concession.

“I think we started well,” Kurz admitted in the post-match press conference.

“We played 24 minutes well, we built up well and stayed in good positions.

“But then we conceded a goal and stopped playing, we stopped pressing them and we didn’t look comfortable in this moment.

“I think the body language was not good in that moment (after conceding).

“I think in the first 25 minutes we had a lot of unforced errors, we played the ball in the last and the mid-third and lost the ball with the first touch.”

The German believed his team had the more clear-cut opportunities to get something out of the game, despite a display that lacked cohesion at times in attack, due to misplaced passes.

“I thought we had the bigger chances in the game,” he said.

“Close to half-time we had a clear chance with Goody’s (Craig Goodwin) header.

“And then we came out and they scored a goal and you can defend this moment and between the 68th minute and the 77th minute I think we had two or three clear chances.

“The game was not good but I think we had enough chances to get a better result and City played without mistakes.”

The second straight loss sees Adelaide drop to fifth place on the Hyundai A-League ladder after eight games.

Kurz’s side will be hopeful of redemption in their next match on Boxing Day when they welcome Western Sydney Wanderers to Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 9 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Wednesday, 26 December at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Gates open 6.20pm.