‘Not good enough for A-League’: Verbeek slams Reds showing against Glory
Adelaide United boss Gertjan Verbeek has delivered a damning assessment of his side following their 3-0 mauling at the hands of Perth Glory.
The Reds fell to a fourth straight defeat at HBF Park on Saturday evening against the in-form Glory as the South Australians continued their form free-fall to drop out of the top six.
The Glory proved too good for a Reds side missing talismanic midfielder James Troisi, with Diego Castro laying on Bruno Fornaroli and Joel Chianese for two first-half goals before Chris Ikonomidis sealed the win with the Glory’s third in the second half.
The result marked the first time the Reds have been held scoreless this Hyundai A-League season.
Speaking post-match, Verbeek confessed he is at a loss as to how to rectify the situation for his side that were sitting third on the table prior to their form slump.
“This is the fourth game we lose, so we don’t learn from the former games we played,” Verbeek said.
“That’s something that we have to work on but at this moment I don’t know how.”
Verbeek also zeroed-in on make-shift fullback Ryan Kitto, who was burned on the turn by Chianese for the Glory’s opening goal before then allowing too much space to Fornaroli to then drive home the host’s second.
“If you see how easy the striker from Perth is turning away from Kitto that is not defending enough,” Verbeek said.
He added: “When the mistakes are personal and players make them too often they show me they are not good enough for the A-League.”
“That is why I changed Kitto. It is hard enough for him but he was not making one mistake, but after that he is making many mistakes and he got changed.
“For next season, we have to see if he can make it otherwise but that’s for next season. This season we have to do it with this squad but now I am not happy with what I am seeing.”
To that end, Verbeek said he will assess closely the injury recovery of Troisi this week, and the progress of German midfielder Mirko Boland, as possible changes for his side’s home clash with long-time rivals Melbourne Victory.
“First I have to see the video back from today and talk with some players and maybe we will see,” he said.
The post-match tone was markedly different from Glory Head Coach Tony Popovic as he praised his side after they equaled a club-record five match winning streak to strengthen their hold on third place on the table.
He said his team’s defensive discipline in very hot conditions – which delivered a fourth clean sheet in five games – was particularly pleasing.
“There a lot of new players. It is very difficult for them to play in those conditions,” Popovic explained
“Physically it is difficult and then mentally it is difficult to stay on top of your game for the whole, entire 90 minutes.
“We are trying to really push them to switch on from the sideline because that is the biggest challenge – that you don’t give away a soft goal that gives them some confidence and belief in a game that is so hot and difficult to play in.”
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