Adelaide United came from behind to secure a 2-1 win away from home against Melbourne City on Friday night to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
It was the home side who started the brightest, with their skipper Patrick Kisnorbo converting a header inside the first ten minutes.
It took a little while for the Reds to adjust to the pace of the game but they eventually leveled the score through a header from Bruce Djite after a wicked Elrich cross just before half time.
A Carrusca penalty secured the three points for the Reds.
Melbourne City were most dangerous when David Villa had the ball at his feet as his willingness to run at defenders opened up space for players like Damien Duff.
The two time Premier League winger had a chance of his own, volleying from close range which was only just parried onto the post by Galekovic and cleared for a corner.
The Reds were able to take control of the match toward the end of the first half once they had settled, with wingers Mabil and Cirio linking up well with their corresponding fullbacks in Goodwin and Elrich.
Melbourne City produced a number of crosses that consistently troubled United’s defence.
The home side were again the team to start the brightest after the break and looked threatening on the counter.
They produced a number of chances through substitute David Williams but failed to put them away.
Aaron Mooy kept the defence on their toes as the designated set piece taker produced many fine deliveries.
The Reds were able to display great character and depth when Gombau brought Bruce Kamau on for Mabil and the young winger immediately attacked City at pace.
He forced Redmayne into a rash challenge that resulted in what would be the winner converted by Marcelo Carrusca.
The Reds were able to sustain the pressure piled onto them and showed great character to come from behind and take the three points.
Gombau praised his side’s performance after going a goal down so early.
“Today we had our difficulties at the start of the match because Melbourne City brought us a very high pressing game,” he said after the game.
“We were also struggling at set pieces and this is something we need to work on.
“It took us a while to get comfortable in this game but now we must start preparing for next week.”
Adelaide United will need all of your support when we face a strong Sydney FC side next Friday night at Coopers Stadium.
Friday, 31 October 2014
Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season - Round 4
Melbourne City 1 (Kisnorbo 9')
Adelaide United 2 (Djite 39', Carrusca (penalty) 80')
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne City: Redmayne, Germano (Garrucio 27'), Kisnorbo, Wielaert, Hoffman, Paartalu, Mooy, Murdocca, Villa, Dugandzic (Williams 58'), Duff.
Adelaide United: Galekovic, Elrich, Boogard, Malik, Isaias, Cirio, Carrusca, Jeggo, Goodwin, Djite (McGowan 84'), Mabil (Kamau 71').