Reds should have beaten Wanderers: Amor

Apr 15, 2017 - 5:32 PM Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor says the Reds threw away two points in their final A-League season match against Western Sydney Wanderers ended 2-2.

United coughed up a two-goal halftime lead after appearing in complete control during the opening 45 minutes.

Marcelo Carrusca broke the deadlock from the spot on 10 minutes before Dylan McGowan doubled the advantage on 38 minutes.

Eugene Galekovic saved a Nico Martinez penalty on the stroke of halftime to maintain the Reds two-goal buffer and keep them in control at the break.

But, second half goals to Dimas and Steven Lustica, who converted the match's third penalty, had Amor feeling like he was on the receiving end of a defeat.

"We lose the game - they don't win," Amor said.

"We lose the game, this is my thoughts now. Not lose, but draw."

The result means United finished in ninth, one point above wooden-spooners Newcastle Jets, in what was a hugely disappointing campaign to follow last season's premiership, championship double.

While Amor felt his side deserved to win more than just the five games this season, he also said there was no arguing with the final standings.

"Yes, I think this, but the table is the table," he said.

Adelaide will now turn their attention to the Asian Champions League where they next meet Gamba Osaka in Japan on April 25.

The Reds jumped to second in the group after their stunning 3-1 win over Korean side Jeju United earlier this week.

"We go there and we want to win there," Amor said.

"We have our possibilities as now on the table we have four points.

"We are in the competition; we are alive."

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic applauded the second half comeback from his side and praised the influence from the younger players who were introduced in the second half.

Abraham Majok, Mario Shabow and Stefan Zinni all saw action in the final half hour and looked lively as the Wanderers pressed for an equaliser.

"Once we scored the first goal you could see the young players lifted," he said.

"You could see they really believed we could get a winner in the end.

"We went for it and I'm sure Adelaide were trying to win as well.

"In the end we're pleased with a very good fightback in the second half and we go home with a point."

Source: AAP






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