Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United  2 - 1


Kosmina: Some Adelaide players were ´rattled´

19 October 2012 19:08

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina believes a sense of the occasion got to some of his players in Friday's 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory.

The Reds held the lead for four second-half minutes at Etihad Stadium through a Dario Vidosic penalty, with Mark Milligan restoring parity soon after.

Marco Rojas' 67th-minute strike handed Victory their first win of the season, and Kosmina said his side had to improve their cutting edge if they wished to win high-profile matches like those against their traditional rivals.

"People have to want to win. Jeronimo (Neumann) makes a great run (in the second half), gets behind and we've got two blokes standing on the edge of the box getting a sun tan instead of busting their arse to get on the line and tap it into the net," he told reporters.

"You've got to be hungry to win, and that's one thing we've got to learn. We play some nice football, knock the ball around… very pretty.

"But you've still got to have that little bit of hunger. Winners make those hard runs, even when they're tired."

Kosmina singled out the performances of two of his players, describing central defender Antony Golec as 'outstanding' and saying defensive midfielder Osama Malik was a prospect for the Australia national team.

He was equally forthcoming on the showings of several of his other players, though maintaining his belief in his squad.

"A lot of those players, if they have played here before, it hasn't been very often," he said.

"Certainly for Fabio (Ferreira), I think the lights were too bright for him.

"Jeronimo wasn’t quite as sharp as he was last week. There was a couple of guys that got a little bit rattled, and even Bowlesy (Daniel Bowles) had a couple of really bad touches in the first half, but come really good in the second

"I've got faith in all the players that we can go on with the job, so for tonight, for them, it's a real big learning experience."


A-League: Melbourne Victory 2 Adelaide United 1

19 October 2012 13:20

Melbourne Victory have their first win of the new A-League after coming from behind to defeat Adelaide United on Friday night.

Great expectations had fallen flat for Victory in the opening two weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, while the Reds had shot to the table as the only team to win both matches.

But form was reversed on a balmy night at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, with goals from Mark Milligan and Marco Rojas enough to overcome a Dario Vidosic penalty, that briefly put the Reds in front, and hand Ange Postecoglou his first triumph as Victory manager.

Postecoglou had talked tough during the week and his words were reflected on the team-sheet, with six changes to Victory's XI from the side that was humbled 5-0 by his former club Brisbane last Saturday.

Petar Franjic and Billy Celeski were handed starts, while Marco Rojas, Archie Thompson and were rushed straight back into the side after returning from international duty.

Tando Velaphi made his first appearance in goal under Postecoglou, with the Reds making just a solitary change in Dario Vidosic's return for Bruce Djite.

After a goalless first half, Adelaide's started the second period brighter and were rewarded with the opening goal through Vidosic.

But the lead was short-lived, with Milligan rising high to emphatically send home Guilherme Finkler's free kick just four minutes later.

And the hosts took the lead not long after as Thompson's cross from deep on the right was touched onto his own crossbar by Nigel Boogaard, with Rojas stabbing home the decisive goal at the second time of asking after sending his initial header back against the woodwork.


Malik eager for Flores battle

16 October 2012 14:16

Adelaide United midfielder Osama Malik is looking forward to facing former team-mate Marcos Flores in Friday's clash with Melbourne Victory.

Flores joined Victory as their international marquee player in July, ruling out a return to Hindmarsh Stadium.

The Argentinean played one season at Adelaide in 2010-11, winning the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's best player before moving to Chinese side Henan Jianye.

He was lured back to Australia by Victory and will come up against his old club for the first time in the A-League at Etihad Stadium.

Malik, who will play a large part in trying to negate the attacking midfielder, said there was no bad blood between the players.

"It happens in football, people move on," Malik said.

"He's a great player and I was lucky enough to train and play alongside him a bit when he was here. It will be a tough job but it's one I'm looking forward to."

While Adelaide remain the only team with a perfect record after two rounds, Victory are languishing at the bottom of the ladder on the back of opening losses to rivals Melbourne Heart and champions Brisbane Roar.

"Obviously they will be very disappointed," Malik said.

"They're a proud club and will be out to prove a point this week but hopefully if we can play our own game we can do well and consolidate the good start we've had.

"They're a new team. Ange (Postecoglou) has got them playing a different way and I'm sure they'll work on some things during the week and improve.

"Any derby between Adelaide and Melbourne is a good game and it's going to be tough, so there is never really a good time to face them but if we go about our business I think we can do well."

Adelaide playmaker Dario Vidosic will come into contention after missing last week's win over Western Sydney Wanderers with a hamstring complaint, while defender Nigel Boogaard needs to prove his fitness after rolling his ankle at training on Monday.

A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +20 57
2 27 +26 54
3 27 +3 44
4 27 +1 41
5 27 +4 35
6 27 -2 32
7 27 -10 32
8 27 -15 31
9 27 -9 27
10 27 -18 27
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