Kurz frustrated by Reds’ display

Marco Kurz says Adelaide United failed to follow his instructions in the second half when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Melbourne City.

The Reds coach was happy with what he saw from his team in the first half-hour at AAMI Park, and they took the lead through Craig Goodwin's header.

Had they heeded the coach's half-time advice, they may well have held on to earn a win that would moved them to within three points of third-placed Sydney FC.

But Adelaide conceded a goal to new City signing Jamie Maclaren, being punished for their inability to play out from the back.

Kurz said he felt the draw was a fair result, but added: "I think in the second-half we played not so well and not good enough for the victory. I think we started well and played well for first 30 minutes and then we lost a little bit of the control of the game but we scored a goal.

"At half-time we said we must look forward and play the ball to our offensive players, but it was completely different, we played more back."

The draw kept United inside the top four with nine games left in the regular season, and if they can remain there they will have a home game in the Finals Series.

Kurz gave Dutch recruit Jordy Thomassen his debut and saw him play the full 90 minutes.

"At this point the performance was okay, I think he has enough space to improve again and to adapt but he's a good person," said the coach. "And I hope he can give us a lot of quality in the future."

United have now suffered just one defeat in 10 matches, and the draw extended their unbeaten run to five games.

Adelaide are 12/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Reds are 8/13 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 4/1 with the draw 3/1.

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Thomassen set for Reds bow

Dutch striker Jordy Thomassen is set for his Adelaide United debut when the Reds take on Melbourne City on Saturday.

Coach Marco Kurz says the new signing, who joined on loan last week from De Graafschap, is ready to play at AAMI Park.

United are considering starting him against Warren Joyce's side in a match that could be crucial to their chances of claiming a top-four spot, with the Reds currently in fourth place, two points clear of City going into the final 10 rounds.

Kurz said the squad had made Thomassen feel comfortable at the start of his first stint outside Europe.

"Jordy is 100 per cent and it looks like he's a good player and we'll give him time to come into the team," he added. "I don't know if he'll start or not, but he's ready for a starting position or also ready to come from the bench."

The coach said of the 25-year-old: "There's maybe a lot of pressure on the boy. I'm sure he'll be fine because he's alert, he's focused, he's asked questions and he'll learn quickly."

Thomassen had a successful spell with Helmond Sport between 2016 and 2018, netting 25 goals in 75 games.

Adelaide have earned three wins and a draw from their last four matches, but their last two victories have come the hard way.

They trailed at home to both bottom side Central Coast and second-bottom Brisbane Roar before scoring injury-time winners.

United are 19/10 to win their game against City, who are 11/8, with the draw 5/2.

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Kurz hails Reds spirit

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz hailed his team's character after seeing them come from three goals down to beat Brisbane Roar 4-3.

The Reds looked to be in an impossible situation late in the first half, when they trailed 3-0 with Ken Ilso already sent off.

They thrilled the Coopers Stadium crowd, though, with one of the greatest comebacks in A-League history that was completed in the 97th minute by Nikola Mileusnic's headed winner.

Kurz admitted after the game he'd needed to have "very loud" words with his players at half-time.

Though captain Isaias had scored from a free-kick just before the break to make it 3-1, the German coach needed more of a response from the team.

"It was not easy to come back in this game but I was very loud at half-time," said Kurz. "Because I hate it when we stopped playing and stopped believing, because I saw in the first-half not a better team from Brisbane, I saw after we conceded the first goal I saw that our body language dropped."

The coach said he'd made the point to the players at the interval that they needed to win the second half, and they were able to do so in part due to the Roar having two of their own players sent off.

Adelaide have now lost just one of their last nine games, and Kurz said he was delighted with what he'd seen in the second half.

"The team is fantastic, the character is fantastic and I'm very proud about them," he added.

"And I hope we learn in the next week we can concede in every game an early goal or respect a tough decision that sees us play with ten but you cannot stop to play.

"I think what we did very well in the second-half, the ball speed was good, we waited for the right moments and to trust and believe and jump for the crosses."

Adelaide are 19/10 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 5/4 with the draw 13/5.

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Thomassen bolsters Reds squad

Adelaide United have signed Dutch striker Jordy Thomassen on loan for the rest of the A-League campaign.

The Reds, who are just one point outside the top four, beat the transfer deadline to bring in the 25-year-old from De Graafschap.

Thomassen joined the Dutch Eredivisie side last year after scoring 25 goals in 75 games for Helmond Sport.

Adelaide's director of football Aurelio Vidmar said of him: "Jordy is a young striker who is very strong. He is an aerial threat being 189cm tall, but is also comfortable striking the ball with both feet.

"At just 25, Jordy is a hungry and determined footballer who has been doing well in the Netherlands over the last few seasons."

Thomassen said he was excited to be joining Marco Kurz's side as they prepare for a Finals Series campaign – the Reds have an 11-point cushion inside the top six.

"The team is in a good position in the league and, from the games that I have watched, I can see it is playing some quality football," said the forward.

"I had the option to remain in Europe with other clubs, but after speaking with the club and also Marco Kurz, the football and direction of the team is something I wanted to be part of."

United have lost just one of their eight games since Christmas, picking up four wins during that time and they next face a Brisbane Roar side who are without a win in their nine away games this season.

The Reds are 8/15 to win their next game against the Roar, who are 5/1, with the draw 10/3.

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Roar will be tough reckons skipper

Captain Isaias says Adelaide United are expecting struggling Brisbane Roar to prove a tough test when the sides meet on Saturday.

The Reds are in a period of the season where they're expected to take advantage of their home games.

The fixture list has them playing the bottom three teams in consecutive outings at Coopers Stadium and they've already overcome last-placed Central Coast.

But the fact that the Mariners took the lead against them in the first half before going down to a 2-1 defeat has given Adelaide a warning that they can't afford to take anyone lightly.

United have already beaten Brisbane 2-1 at home this season and the Roar have just one win to their credit in their first 16 games.

Adelaide, who are 17 points better off than the visitors, need to take maximum points to try to move back into the A-League top four.

Isaias said: "I think [Brisbane are] in a tough situation right now. We're coming from a win last game, and I think it's going to be a tough game.

"But we're at home, playing in front of our fans and I hope to have the three points again. We're really happy with the recent results and we're looking for more."

Marco Kurz's side came through the busiest part of the season well, playing eight games from Boxing Day to 27th January and claiming 15 points.

Isaias said: "I think we've done alright so far but it obviously comes from the beginning of the season. I think we worked really hard from the first day on in pre-season and this is why we worked that hard, to get into this period of time really fit."

United have added German midfielder Mirko Boland to their squad for the Roar clash and promoted youngster Carlo Armiento to the senior side.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Reds are 8/15 to win the game against Brisbane Roar, who are 19/4 with the draw 16/5.

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Kurz proud of Adelaide attitude

A fourth win in seven games left Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz well satisfied with his players' attitude.

The Reds needed an injury-time winner from substitute George Blackwood to secure the three points against the A-League's bottom side, Central Coast Mariners, but Kurz felt they deserved the Coopers Stadium victory after they'd shown plenty of character in the second half.

Adelaide trailed at the break, with Andrew Hoole having fired a curling shot past keeper Paul Izzo.

Kurz felt concerned that, having played six games in 22 days, the players might be starting to wilt under the pressure.

But Isaias got them back on terms with a close-range shot and Blackwood headed home Ben Galloway's cross in the second minute of added time to secure the victory.

It lifted them above sixth-placed Wellington on goal difference and gives them an 11-point cushion inside the Finals Series places.

For the third time in their last four home games United were able to avoid defeat having trailed at half-time.

Kurz said after the game: "It was the first time I think the team felt a little bit of pressure – you saw it at the beginning, plus they looked tired. We did a couple of easy mistakes, but we had three big chances at the end of the first half and they shot one time on our goal and scored.

"But at the end it was very important and I'm very proud of the boys about their attitude. At the end it was very important to jump over the hurdle. It was very important."

Kurz, whose team have a run of three straight home games against the bottom three teams, added: "I think the second half with a lot of pressure and a lot of belief, not every situation we played perfect but we created chances and we saw it [through] until the end."

United are 8/15 to win their next game against Brisbane Roar, who are 5/1, with the draw 3/1.

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Kurz looking for repeat from Reds

Adelaide United will look to use their draw with leaders Perth Glory as a platform for success when they take on Central Coast.

The Reds drew 0-0 with Tony Popovic's side at HBF Park on Wednesday night, with coach Marco Kurz feeling satisfied with the performance.

It's a contrasting challenge on Sunday when they host the Mariners – bottom of the table with just one win all season – at Coopers Stadium.

United have won two and drawn two of their last five home games, and remain well on course for a top six finish.

The draw with Perth lifted them into fifth spot, above Wellington Phoenix, on goal difference and they have an eight-point cushion inside the Finals Series places.

Kurz said: "Now we've to perform well against Central Coast and you must pick up points each weekend then you've the chance to move higher but our aim is to reach the finals."

The coach felt the Reds played a strong game against the Glory.

"I think we pressed them very high from the first minute and we didn't let them play to create chances," he said. "In the first-half we played too many long balls and that was a correction we made at half-time to play more football and to create more chances.

"In the second-half we had more possession and more situations to create attacking movements but the last pass was not good enough."

Adelaide have only lost one of their last seven games, and will look to make the most of back-to-back home games against the bottom two sides.

Brisbane Roar, who have like the Mariners only won once all season, will visit Coopers Stadium next week.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Reds are 2/1 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 6/1 with the draw 15/4.

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Kurz: Reds wasted chances

Adelaide United have solidified their place in the A-League top six but coach Maro Kurz felt they missed too many chances in their 2-1 win over Western Sydney.

The Reds now have a 10-point gap over seventh-placed Newcastle Jets, although they have played a game more than last season's Grand Finalists.

They bounced back from their 2-1 defeat away to Sydney FC, which was their only loss in the last six matches.

Vince Lia and Craig Goodwin netted for United, Goodwin scoring for the third game in a row.

Kurz was happy with the victory but said the game should have been killed off earlier at ANZ Stadium.

"It was a hard game against a good opponent; we always made it too hard for us because we can score earlier the third or the fourth goal," he said.

"When we score a goal we always want to score the next one. And in the second-half as well because we had a lot of big chances – that's maybe our weakness that we have too many chances and don't score enough goals."

Wanderers equalled their club record with a fifth consecutive defeat and their coach Markus Babbel admitted the hectic A-League schedule is creating problems for his squad.

Babbel had seven players unavailable through a mix of injuries, suspensions and national duties, with five of the team aged 20 or under.

The team struggled with Sydney's high temperatures and have just a four-day turnaround for the road game with Melbourne City.

"Many players have never had five games in a row, now they are playing 10 or 12 or 13," said Babbel. "Normally we have to change, but I can't, I don't have the players."

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the Grand Final and 50/1 to win the minor premiership.

Kurz: United on ‘good track’

Coach Marco Kurz is satisfied with the way his Adelaide United side are performing this season despite their 2-1 defeat to Sydney FC.

The Reds, who had been unbeaten in their previous four matches, remain seven points clear of seventh-placed Newcastle Jets after 13 rounds.

Kurz wasn't pleased with the way his team started the match at Jubilee Oval, saying they had failed to match the intensity they'd shown in their previous game against Melbourne Victory.

Adelaide had scored twice in the first 21 minutes against the defending champions, but this time they fell behind in the 11th minute to a Siem de Jong free-kick.

Kurz criticised the decision to award the free-kick to the Sky Blues on the edge of the penalty area, but wasn't seeking to use it as an excuse for their poor start.

"Before the game we said let's start with the same confidence and with the same intensity as we did against Victory – I think we didn't," said the coach. "We didn't start well early in the game, the first goal after a free-kick we can clear the ball very easily."

But Kurz views the season overall as being relatively successful, particularly in the light of having won the FFA Cup already.

"I think today we can be better and then have the chance to pick up the points but, with 19 points, we're on a good way," he added. "Also don't forget that we won the final and that means that we've a couple of more games in the legs, but we're on a good track."

Adelaide United are 14/1 to win the Grand Final and 13/8 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 13/8 with the draw 23/10.

Kurz: Best first half of season

Coach Marco Kurz congratulated his players after Adelaide United picked up a 2-0 win over defending champions Melbourne Victory.

It extended their unbeaten run to four games and moved them above Wellington Phoenix into fifth spot in the A-League.

And after a first-half in which they scored twice in the space of three minutes – through Craig Goodwin and Ken Ilso – the Reds didn't falter in the second period.

Kurz felt Adelaide were excellent in the opening half, blowing Victory away with some eye-catching football and a high-pressing game.

"The first half was maybe the best in the season," said the coach. "The second one was more (of a) fight; I think we must in the future be more clever to stay in our opposition (half) and to play better the final pass.

"I think from the first minute on we showed everybody in the stadium that we are ready for a big game and that we are ready for a big win."

Kurz added: "It was a good step to win against Victory at home is always a big win, it's a derby and it's the champion from last season."

Adelaide have had three home games out of four since Boxing Day, taking an eight-point haul to recover after starting December with back-to-back losses against Victory and Melbourne City.

Kurz's side now face three straight away games, taking on both Sydney clubs before travelling to leaders Perth Glory.

Meanwhile, the Reds have confirmed that defender Taylor Regan has left the club to pursue an opportunity overseas.

The centre-back joined the club in 2016, playing 38 matches across all competitions, and was part of United's 2018 FFA Cup triumph.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Reds are 3/1 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 17/20 with the draw 13/5.

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