Vidmar: We've won nothing

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has reminded his players that they have won nothing so far this season, despite their efforts in the Asian Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has reminded his players that they have won nothing so far this season, despite their efforts in the Asian Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Speaking after the Reds went down 1-0 to Melbourne Victory at Telstra Dome on Tuesday night, Vidmar was at pains to point out that the season would be worth very little unless United claimed some silverware.

"What we've got to remember is we can't live off the 'success' of the Asian Champions League or the World Club Cup. Success is when you actually win something and I don't want to go down the path of losing 1-0 to a superior team and saying that's acceptable. The only way to succeed is to win trophies," he said.

Perhaps it was the scoreline which fired up the Adelaide manager, but he was clearly unimpressed with the flat display put on by his men in what was a top-of-the-table clash.

"Melbourne were extremely good tonight and really showed how desperate someone can be to take three points. We had no aggression, no desperation, not much at all. We only had a handful of players who could have come off that pitch and said that they gave everything they could," he said.

"We weren't committed enough on the ball and with the ball, off the ball, all the basics you should be good at we were very poor tonight."

Vidmar said that Melbourne, which is now two points clear of the Reds, appeared at this stage to be the team to beat but that could change.

"On that sort of form, you'd have to say they are a serious threat, but I can't tell you what's gonna happen between now and six weeks time," he said.

"We hadn't lost for the last five or six weeks, maybe that's a slap in the face. We'll see how we bounce back on Friday."

Captain Travis Dodd said it felt like Adelaide has missed an opportunity to get a win over Melbourne in the lead-up to the finals.

"We spoke about that before the game, that it was a great opportunity for us to go four points clear with a game in hand. We knew what was at stake and unfortunately we didn't take that opportunity and now we find ourselves in second spot and we've got some catching up to do," he said.