Kurz proud of Reds’ display in Victory scalp
Marco Kurz attributed Adelaide United’s crucial 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Good Friday night to being defensively disciplined.
George Blackwood’s 81st minute towering header secured the three points at Coopers Stadium and closer to booking a home Elimination Final.
Kurz praised the team’s overall performance in a match that had few chances, and at times a real chess match.
“It was an important result and a fantastic game from our side,” Kurz explained to reporters in the post-match press conference.
“Defensively very, very good. Very strong and the boys believed until the end of the game.
“We know that we’d have a chance after a switch of play or maybe after crossing (the ball).
“It’s fantastic and a big Easter present for our fans and us and well.”
With one game left in the regular season – an away trip to Brisbane Roar on ANZAC Day – the Reds have control of their Finals destiny.
A win would all but confirm a knockout final to be played on home soil, while a draw could also be enough for fourth spot, pending favourable results in Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City's matches.
The two teams, who play each other on Sunday afternoon, currently trail United by four points.
Kurz said the challenge now for his side is to deliver another strong outing after negating Melbourne’s strengths.
“It was a very intensive game from both sides,” he said.
“Tactically both teams were very strong and very good against the ball and in the end we were the lucky winner.
“And we are very proud about it, because now with the next away game (against Brisbane Roar) it’s in our hands if we’ll have a home final.”
Several of United’s senior players were absolutely outstanding with the likes of Isaías, Michael Marrone, and Michael Jakobsen all influential.
Kurz was quick to state he was proud of the entire squad.
“Not only the leaders but a big compliment to the whole team,” he said.
“When I saw Mickey (Michael) Marrone how he defended, (Scott) Galloway, the wingers as well they are not one hundred per cent fit.
“(Nikola) Mileusnić is not one hundred per cent fit, Ben Halloran came after a long injury back, but it’s good to know we’re in a good shape.
“At the moment we’re happy but we know we’ve to deliver again in Brisbane – that’s our goal.”
Adelaide United face Brisbane Roar in Round 27 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Thursday, 25 April at Suncorp Stadium. Kick-off is at 1.30pm ACST. Live on Fox Sports, and streamed on the My Football Live App and Kayo Sports.