Amor reacts to resilient victory over Central Coast


Adelaide United moved off the bottom of the ladder with a spirited 3-2 win against Central Coast Mariners at Gosford on Saturday.

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Trailing 1-0 at the break, a second-half flurry from the Reds yielded three goals in 10 minutes, thanks to Baba Diawara’s brace and a Dylan McGowan header.

United’s first away triumph of the season means Adelaide have extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to four matches.

Here is what Head Coach, Guillermo Amor, said following the victory…

On the match
It was an interesting game for the people. When it’s one of these type of games it’s better to win. But the first-half for me we played at a good level. We conceded a goal in the last minute (of the first-half) and this is hard. But after this in the second-half we played well, we scored three goals.

But the game for us was good in this moment. In our situation we need to win and to play very well for a win. Today we’re very happy and content because the result is good for us.

Discussing the half-time message
The message is to improve things like their first-touch and little mistakes. It’s true that the first minutes in the second-half are always important. When you’re losing the 10 minutes, 15 minutes after starting the second-half – it’s important to stay in the game. You control (the game), you press, you go for win, this is very important.

On Baba Diawara’s impressive outing
Fantastic when a number nine scores. It’s always important for him and the team and more when you win. He’s happy here now, he’s playing with confidence, and he wants more. When people arrive in Australia from Spain, Europe – it’s always about adaptation. You need time but for him in this moment he’s good, in the last (few) games he’s played well.

On moving off the bottom of the table
The win was good for us, but the season has not finished. There’s three more games in the league, two at home against Perth (Glory) and Western Sydney (Wanderers) and we go to (Melbourne) City. And the aim is to think (only) next Friday about Perth and prepare well and try to win.

Adelaide United host Perth Glory in Round 25 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season on Friday, 31 March at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.