Troisi laments the concession of sloppy goals

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Adelaide United midfielder James Troisi admits his side must avoid conceding soft goals and be more clinical in attack

The Reds suffered their fourth loss in five matches after a 2-1 defeat to the defending champions and ladder leaders, Sydney FC on Saturday night.

Paulo Retre scored a quick-fire brace before Riley McGree struck on his return from injury seven minutes prior to the break.

Troisi said it was frustrating Adelaide could not capitalise on their strong start which was highlighted by Ryan Strain’s shot hitting the upright.

“It’s disappointing, again we started really bright,” he told Fox Sports after the game.

“Had some chances, (conceded) two sloppy goals, away from home makes it very difficult.

“We came back again had some more chances and it just wasn’t enough tonight.”

Gertjan Verbeek speaks to the media following the Reds' 2-1 loss to Sydney FC.

The 31-year-old also discussed the difficult playing conditions, which was compounded by blustery winds and smoke from the devastating bushfires burning in New South Wales.

“It was very windy, it was very hot,” he said.

“So tough conditions but that’s what you get when you play through summer.

“We’ve got to learn to live with that and adapt with that and do the best we can.”

McGree’s return after a month out with an injury was one positive for United, with Troisi delighted to partner the 21-year-old in midfield again.

He also added that the results will turn if they continue to play good football.

“You could see straight away we linked up,” he said.

“The last two games we’ve played really good football, we just haven’t got the points.

“A couple of games before that it wasn’t good enough, like I said it’s good that we’re playing good football.

“Now we’ve to finish our chances and as long we’re playing good football the results will come.”

Adelaide United face Perth Glory in Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on Saturday, 11 January at HBF Park. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.

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