March 13, 2015 10:42:22 UK
Coach Josep Gombau praised Adelaide United for the way they dealt with adversity against Central Coast Mariners before picking up a 2-1 win that took them up to joint-second in the table.
A run of one win in five games going into the Coopers Stadium clash had affected the Reds’ confidence, admitted the Spaniard, and they were further tested when Anthony Caceres put the visitors ahead.
Less than two minutes later, though, United hit back through Marcelo Carrusca and the Reds went on to secure a win from Craig Goodwin’s deflected effort midway through the second half.
“For me the key moment was when they scored, and one minute later we scored,” said Gombau. “This made the team trust in itself and try to play our football.
“After the players started to get their confidence, we started to play our style of football again and we did that in the second half.”
The Mariners, buoyed by their success in beating Melbourne City in interim coach Tony Walmsley’s first game in charge on Sunday, had the better of the first 20 minutes and deserved to go ahead.
Caceres stole the ball from Isaias and made space for a shot that fizzed past Eugene Galekovic from just outside the area.
The home side hit back straight away with a goal of equal quality, Carrusca selling two dummies as he advanced on goal before giving Liam Reddy no chance with his shot.
Reddy had an impressive night and made one outstanding athletic save at the end to keep out a James Jeggo header.
But he was left helpless when Goodwin’s 68th-minute shot took a massive deflection off defender Zac Anderson and sailed high over his head before dropping into the net.
Adelaide are 2.30 to win their next match against Melbourne Victory, who are 2.75 with the draw 3.40.
The result virtually wipes out the Mariners’ chances of making the finals, as they are now six points behind sixth-placed Brisbane Roar and have played three more games.
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