United coach tar­gets progress

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - ROB GREENWOOD JOHN KOSMINA

ADE­LAIDE United coach Ivan Karlovic has urged his play­ers to play out the 90 min­utes as they look to build on their first vic­tory of the WLeague cam­paign.

The Reds up­set league­leader Perth Glory 3-1 at Mar­den Sports Com­plex on Fri­day night thanks to US re­cruit Makenzy Do­niak’s bril­liant hat-trick.

While de­lighted with the re­sult, Karlovic said his side took its foot off the pedal af­ter build­ing a two-goal half-time lead and al­lowed the vis­i­tors back into the con­test.

“The most im­por­tant thing was to con­tinue do­ing what we were do­ing well in the first half,” Karlovic said.

“I thought we prob­a­bly weren’t as good and prob­a­bly in­vited a lit­tle bit of pres­sure at the start of that sec­ond half.

“We knew that was go­ing to come and un­for­tu­nately we con­ceded an own goal.

“But I think the girls re­sponded re­ally well af­ter that and thank­fully got the third and killed the game off. We just need to im­prove our abil­ity to see out a full 90 min­utes.”

Karlovic praised the dis­play of Do­niak, who ar­rived in Ade­laide with the Reds’ other three Amer­i­can im­ports just a week be­fore the sea­son kicked off.

He was en­cour­aged by his team’s progress as it looked to­wards Fri­day’s trip to face Bris­bane Roar at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

“This has been our first week on the train­ing track as a group, which has been pleas­ing,” he said.

“We im­proved this week, but I still think there’s more im­prove­ment to be made within the group. Hope­fully we can con­tinue to build and ... get some of the match fit­ness up in some of the girls who are lack­ing a lit­tle bit of that.” ON A sod­den pitch, the Soc­ceroos bat­tled an ex­cru­ci­at­ingly unimag­i­na­tive Hon­duras yes­ter­day for a 0-0 draw and a foot in the door for Rus­sia next year.

And bat­tle it was. The pitch was, as Fox Sports ex­pert Mark Bos­nich so elo­quently de­scribed, a “pud­ding” and it made it tough for both teams, yet it was the vis­i­tors who played and fin­ished with more en­ergy. Maybe that’s a throw-

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

EARLY JOY: Ade­laide’s Nikola Mileusnic cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the open­ing goal of last night’s clash with New­cas­tle Jets at Hind­marsh.

LETHAL: Ade­laide United striker Makenzy Do­niak.

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