Kurz says Reds must improve in the attacking third


Marco Kurz says Adelaide United had its fair share of luck in their 1-1 draw against Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

The Reds opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time thanks to Johan Absalonsen’s finish, but not before Bruno Fornaroli had his penalty saved brilliantly by Paul Izzo.

Stefan Mauk then restored parity after the break, and while both teams tried to find a winner, it was City who came the closest just before full-time.

Kurz gave his summation of proceedings believing Adelaide started the better of the two sides in each half before City grabbed more of the ascendency.


“I think we started very well in the first ten, fifteen minutes,” Kurz said in the post-match press conference.

“We played very aggressive against the ball and there was a high intensity to the game but maybe after fifteen minutes City had more ball possession.

“We had problems to press them and also we had a good save from Paul (Izzo) from the penalty.

“But always we are dangerous in the transition game and we scored a very good goal.

“In the second-half we started again very good and had good moments to score the second goal and in this period they scored the equaliser.

“Then it was a hard fight for the points for both teams and we had luck with two chances that they missed.”

Kurz said his side’s final product needs more improvement if the Reds are to find the back of the net with more consistency.

“I think we must learn that we play the final pass better,” he said.

“We had good moments on the counter but the final passes are not good enough to score a goal.

“I think we need this quality to get more points for example to win a game.”

Adelaide United host Newcastle Jets in Round 24 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Friday, 23 March at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.