Kurz: Reds must be careful in transition after silencing Roar
Marco Kurz was delighted to come away with the three points against Brisbane Roar in a tempestuous affair, but admits his side need to better at curtailing their opponents’ chances moving forward.
The Reds recorded a 2-1 gutsy win at Coopers Stadium on Friday night to secure their second successive victory.
Tempers flared in the second-half which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Kurz said the passion displayed by both sets of benches and players was due to the sheer desire to win.
“I think the emotions from both sides were very high because both teams want to win or get a good result,” Kurz said in the post-match press conference.
“We were 2-1 in front. We want to score a third goal and they want to score the equaliser.
“And a lot of trouble with the yellow and red cards, and with the hard tackling but that’s normal.
“I think the emotions are very important in football and that’s it, after the game a handshake (with the opposition) and that’s it.”
Ben Halloran bagged a brace for the Reds – his first league goals for the Club – and was a constant threat throughout the encounter.
The German could not fault his performance but jokingly insisted he could have scored more goals
“I’m happy with Benny,” he said.
“It was our idea to bring him as a striker because he’s very quick, he’s fast and he’s strong against the strong boys from Brisbane.
“And I’m happy that our idea was good enough and that he scored two goals.”
While Kurz was pleased with his side’s play in the attacking third, he acknowledged United must avoid giving chances to the opposition in transition.
“I think I was happy with our chances but after the chances you must switch on and go very quickly into the defensive shape,” he explained.
“And we missed that and that was the reason that after our big chances, Brisbane also had direct big chances and we must be better.
“In the game our rest defending was good, but if we had a big chance and then they had a goal-kick, I think five seconds later they had a big chance.
“And that can’t happen and we must do that much better in the future.”
Adelaide United face Melbourne Victory in Round 7 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Saturday, 8 December at Marvel Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and 10 Boss and streamed on the My Football Live App.