Reds just missing end product says Karlović


Ivan Karlović has been content with Adelaide United Women’s performances despite their winless start to the Westfield W-League 2019/20 season.

The Reds have suffered consecutive defeats after 2-1 and 1-0 losses to Western Sydney Wanderers Women and Sydney FC Women respectively.

In both matches Adelaide were unfortunate not to come away with something.

Against the Sky Blues in particular, the Reds dominated the 90 minutes but were wasteful in front of goal.

Karlović said once they can rectify that area of their game and be more clinical, the results should follow.

“We’re creating the opportunities, the opportunities are certainly there which is always I feel the more difficult part of the process,” Karlović said.

“For us now it’s just that little bit of composure, and that end product and hopefully we can deliver that this weekend.”

Aside from the lack of end product, Karlović said the level of performance has been high and it is about trusting the process.

“I think our benchmark is certainly a lot higher than where we were at last year,” he said.

“I thought last year the first two games we had four points and probably fortunate to get those points in those first two games.


“Whereas this time around we’ve got no points and we’re unfortunate not to have points.

“So it’s a completely different situation but from a footballing perspective we’re certainly in a much better landscape.

“We just have to continue down that path and believe in the process, because the process has been good thus far, it’s just that final touch to it.

“So I think if we continue in that manner we’ll get a result.”

Adelaide travel to Shepparton to face Melbourne City Women on Saturday night.

City scored a last-gasp penalty to beat Canberra United Women 2-1 last weekend, to move to four points.

The United boss was expecting another tough encounter against a side that has added significant reinforcements, including former Reds skipper Emma Checker and Matildas star Ellie Carpenter.

“They’re a good side, they recruited fairly heavily not dissimilar to the first two opponents that we faced,” he said.

“So from our point of view, we’ve got the utmost belief within ourselves and what we can do.

“We’ve showcased in the first two rounds that we’re dangerous and we can trouble sides even though we’re probably the youngest side in the league, we’re going to go out there and have a crack.”

Adelaide United Women face Melbourne City Women in Round 3 of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 season on Saturday, 30 November at John McEwan Reserve. Kick-off is at 6.30pm ACDT. Live and Exclusive on Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.