Adelaide United Women’s two-week break seemingly proved beneficial rather than serve as a hindrance, according to Head Coach Ivan Karlović.
The Reds recorded a famous 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at Lions Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and showed no signs of sluggishness.
Adelaide had not played since its 0-0 draw against Melbourne Victory on 28 October – three weeks’ ago – due to a Round 2 bye and then the international break.
But the lack of competitive matches failed to negatively impact the Reds’ performance, as Veronica Latsko’s composed finished on 51 minutes settled the contest.
It was also the first time in the Club’s history they have recorded back-to-back clean sheets.
Karlović said he is pleased with his side’s start to the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season after collecting four points from the opening two rounds.
Upon reflection, he believed the mini hiatus has ultimately further helped his squad gel.
“It’s a tough one to tell,” when questioned if the time off has been advantageous.
“Sometimes people think you’re worse off for it, some people think you’re better off.
“I think overall it would be nice to continue and play but it did give us the opportunity to spend a little bit more time on the training track.
“Especially with a couple of the girls a little bit underdone early on in the season, so we’ve prepared a little bit more.
“So I’d like to say that it probably has been an advantage for us.”
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United had to illustrate great concentration to remain resolute as Brisbane threw caution to the wind.
“As the game evolved and Brisbane are throwing everything at us the game lost complete structure,” he said.
“I think their defensive midfielder was playing up front at times, so they were all over the place trying to get something out of the game.
“So for us it was important that we dug deep and kept another clean sheet.”
The boss also reserved praise for Sarah Willacy’s quality display in goal for the Reds, who made a raft of crucial saves.
“Sarah is a fantastic ‘keeper,” he said.
“I think people underestimate her because of her height.
“But she’s probably one of the best ‘keepers going around in the country.”
Adelaide United host Canberra United in Round 4 of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season on Thursday, 22 November at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT.