Glory v Adelaide: The reaction
Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell was full of praise for his team’s performance against Adelaide United. Here are the post match comments from both sides following the match of the week.
Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell was full of praise for his team-s performance against Adelaide United. Here are the post match comments from both sides following the match of the week.
Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell:
On the result
"Overall I was quite happy with the performance but not the result.
"I think we played well tonight, there wasn't much between the teams. I think we were starting to control the game when they scored. Then we were looking at making a couple of changes then they got a penalty. Scoring the penalty sort of killed us and then we lost a man and made it very difficult for us.
"The performance was good and the game could have gone either way up until they scored. It was disappointing for our point of view. It was disappointing but the effort the boys put in, we contained Adelaide and they weren't causing us many problems other than when they scored the goal.
"It's not doom and gloom, it was certainly a good performance from our boys tonight and it could have gone either way. Adelaide are a very good side.
"Adelaide don't play too many passes they bomb it long behind defences so they put you under a lot of pressure.
"They don't tend to pass it that well either. So, from our point of view you've got to be able to compete against that and that's what we did and it makes it difficult for you to make passes. You're playing away from home, they put you under a lot of pressure and they've got a lot of power and pace in their side.
"They're well organised, they're quite powerful, they've got a lot of pace.
"I thought they were a great side last year and it was surprising where they came. They've added a couple of players of quality in different areas and they've always had Galekovic, a class keeper, the best keeper in the league and he's made two world class saves early on and kept them in the game.”
The goal from Sergio van Dijk
"The cross came in, I think van Dijk sort of just got down low and it's hit the top of the back of his head and flipped over our keeper. It was a fluke, but it was a goal."
Adelaide United coach Rini Coolen:
"If you can get a win at home against a good team, and Perth are a good team, then that's a great performance.
"There's always things you can do better. But, it's also not easy for us to play every week at this level. It's also a challenge of how to manage that.
"In the first minutes they had some chances. Eugene did well in those moments so he was also doing his job perfect. From that moment we didn't give any chances away. I think for everything, you have to be happy for this game and we kept the nil (clean sheet). Every team wants to keep the nil.
"I told the players that we have to continue the same way and the same mentality as we did in the first half.
"I was real happy with the way we pressed and the transition moments and the chances we created. I told them that if we continue the same way that our chances will be there, but don't drop, don't do anything less than that."
Perth Glory striker Michael Baird:
"No one's heads are down. We know that we're a good team. We just have to prove it on the park. We've just got to get points. I think we've got a good enough team to be in the top two.
"You need a bit of luck as well and maybe we're not getting that. We're not putting all of it together at the moment."
"I think the goals will come; they always do. In football sometimes you have spells where the team doesn't score.”