Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor believes time and effort are the keys behind the Reds surging back to contention following Friday’s 1-1 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium.
Wanderers Spanish-born midfielder Andreu followed up his unlucky first-half own goal with a clever equaliser with seven minutes left in regulation to consign the Reds to a second consecutive home draw.
United’s defence stood tall under pressure but Adelaide’s midfield was patchy and the attack unconvincing, the Reds still without an individual goal-scorer this season.
Amor isn’t pushing the panic button just yet but he is eager to break the duck this Sunday in Perth against the Glory.
“There’s no other way than time and effort and that’s what we’re willing to do,” he said.
“We don’t have any other choice but to seek victory in Perth and start adding points in groups of three rather than in ones.
“This is what makes this A-League what it is – it’s very competitive, very hard.
“Teams are very equal and games can get complicated, either playing abroad or home.
“This is part and parcel of soccer.”
Andreu’s goals aside, Amor believes there were ‘thousands’ of factors that contributed to Friday’s result, not least the Wanderers’ desperation to make an impression after a poor opening-round showing on the back of a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
“Sometimes it’s easy from the outside to oversee all the things that can influence the final result of a match.
“There are thousands of factors that are always having an impact on the final result.
“We knew what was coming to us – we knew this team came from losing the first round.
“We knew what we were going to face, which we found out in the end.
“There were moments when anything could have happened and things could have gone either way, especially in the first half (when) we kept our positions, (and) had control of the ball and possession.
“Obviously I would be much happier with a victory but this an everyday part in soccer.
“You have to keep trying and tomorrow is another day.”