Adelaide United fell to a 3-1 defeat against Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday night.
A dominant United display was outdone by a counterattacking Glory, content on absorbing mountains of pressure for the majority of the match.
United dictated play, totaling 525 completed passes to Glory’s 170, and created opportunities in front of goal for Cirio and Goodwin, but they couldn’t convert.
Just before the stroke of half-time forward Sidnei Sciola broke the offside-trap to put the home side ahead.
The Reds came out with rejuvenated confidence in the second half, as Goodwin and Dugandzic looked to get at goal at every opportunity.
Goodwin produced a great chance on goal when he skipped past Josh Risdon and hit a low drive, which just skipped past the far post.
The Reds threw everything forward in the last 30 minutes but unfortunately went another goal down when Guyon Fernandez finished past Hall.
Substitute Diego Castro added Perth’s third against the run of play ten minutes later.
The Reds found a consolation when Cirio found space inside the box and forced Diogo Ferreira into conceding an own-goal and a chance for a comeback, but it wasn’t to be.
Coach Guillermo Amor thought that his side was due a better result for their performance, especially considering the Reds’ overran Perth on a number of occasions. .
“We came here to win the game and we were the side who was bringing life to the game and creating chances,” he said.
“This style is something that we have been working on from the start of the season and for different reasons it didn’t work for us tonight – this is football.
“We think it’s important to have possession and we have to accept that we had initiative and control in this game.
“Now we will analyse what happened and start learning and preparing for the game against Brisbane.”