United coach targets progress
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-
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.