Reds feeling the heat

Adelaide United coach Rini Coolen has admitted that his side is feeling the pressure of expectation and needs to improve after sliding to their third loss in their past four matches after a 3-1 loss to Newcastle on Saturday night.

Adelaide United coach Rini Coolen has admitted that his side is feeling the pressure of expectation and needs to improve after sliding to their third loss in their past four matches after a 3-1 loss to Newcastle on Saturday night.

The Reds had a terrible start to the match with the Jets scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes to take control of the match. Newcastle added another after half-time before Adelaide grabbed one back late in the match via Iain Fyfe.

But Coolen said the start was the key to Adelaide's loss.

"We weren't ready in the first 15 minutes," Coolen said.

"If we want to make the next level and that is what we want, we have to improve and we have to build up for the game and not give away easy goals in the first 15 minutes."

"It is not good to give away goals like that, but that happens in football and after 15 minutes they had scored two goals so it is not easy to come back into the game."

"We did much better in the second half but the game was already played in the first 15 minutes, so it was a real bad start."

"But we have to accept it and think about the positive things and get ready for the next game."

Coolen said the team was under a 'different' kind of pressure after going through their first nine matches undefeated only to hit a mid-season form slump with just one win in their past four matches.

"There is a lot of pressure on our team because we did so well in the first weeks but the pressure is getting more and more and we have to improve," he said.

"We have to play games like this - it is the next step for us."

"In the beginning everything was going well but it is a different moment now - it is another step and different kind of pressure."

"So we have to improve if we want to play at a higher level and make the next step."

Adelaide will be looking to get back to the winner's circle when they travel to AAMI Park to take on the Melbourne Heart on Friday night.