Adelaide shows it’s capable – next up is consistency
ADELAIDE’s best 45 minutes of football for the season!
So said coach Marco Kurz in his post-match interview after defeating Victory midweek. Why was it the best? Because they scored – twice.
And should have had a couple more. The game could have/should have been over by halftime. But it wasn’t, and the Reds battled well in the second half to hang on to the two-goal lead that set them on their way.
It was a classic Reds-Victory encounter and sitting in the stand watching, the hair on the back of my neck was up … just like the old days. Coopers with a crowd is fantastic – there was a real buzz about the place and Victory, with their travelling “active support”, just added to the atmosphere – but back to the football.
There was plenty of talk the last couple of weeks about strikers being pursued to boost the Reds’ stocks. Bobo, Tommy Juric, Bruno Fornaroli, Andy Keogh – a $1 million war chest for Marco Kurz to get one.
Or was it just paper talk – clickbait. Gets a headline, gets some chatter and is forgotten in 24 hours, if not sooner.
Getting one of these guys would be a quick fix. But what do you do with the guys that are there now if you bring another striker in? Craig Goodwin, Nikola Mileusnic, Ryan Kitto, George Blackwood, Ben Halloran, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos and Carlo Armiento.
They can do a job – we’ve seen that.
They are capable – they’re just not consistent, which is symptomatic of younger, local players these days. Ken Ilso, who has a great pedigree, isn’t so young and he’s not local – he just needs to work more consistently.
But he is a class player with a great touch – and he’s smart. I enjoy watching him play, albeit with a little frustration at times because of his fluctuating intensity.
I also enjoy watching United play with similar frustration, although not from a lack of intensity in this case.
It comes from the number of good opportunities the Reds squander in the final action – a heavy touch or wronglyweighted or timed pass – an incorrect decision. Maybe that’s just football, particularly in Australia. United aren’t the only team guilty of this.
I saw Melbourne City narrowly defeat the Roar on Friday night and they have the same problem, because they have a number of younger players as well. As do a few other A-League clubs.
The kids need time – training time, and more importantly, game time.
Now to the elephant in the room so to speak – the future of Marco Kurz at United.
It came out this week that there are “philosophical differences” between Kurz and football director Aurelio Vidmar.
I got the feeling talking to different people weeks ago, that it was more than likely going to come to this point.
There have been rumours around for a while that his training regime is too hard and causing soft tissue injuries to the players – a common complaint when coaches and management have differences of opinion or other agendas are in play.
It may be true, it may not, but now it is in the media it has a life of its own and it generally means the end is nigh.
Mark Rudan has been linked to the job, but I tend to think it may go to someone a little closer to home.