Marco Kurz was proud with the application his players showed against Melbourne Victory, but lamented their inability to profit from their chances.
Adelaide United suffered a 2-0 loss to Victory at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night, snapping a two-match winning streak.
The Reds were well-organised across the park, however their resistance would be broken past the hour mark through Kosta Barbarouses following up on the rebound.
Ola Toivonen then put the result beyond doubt with nine minutes left on the clock, while the visitors missed a couple of decent opportunities to initially take the lead.
Kurz said he was pleased with his side’s display and said the difference between the two teams was Melbourne’s ruthlessness in attack.
“I’m very proud about the performance because I think we played a very good game,” Kurz said in the post-match press conference.
“The only mistake was that we didn’t score a goal. I think we played well and the difference today was the quality from the offensive lines.
“And if you want to win games you must score goals and I think we had more than four or five big chances and then you’ve to score a goal if you want to pick up the points away.”
The defeat was United’s second of the season with Kurz asked to take stock of where he currently sees his side after seven games.
Kurz was upbeat in his response despite the loss and insisted the Reds have the ability to “move on” and bounce back next weekend.
“I think we played well and we can play flexible,” he said.
“We can change the system a lot of the time and find always a good solution.
“The boys are hungry for success.
“I think we’re on a good way and we must stay positive, move on and next week we’ve a home game and can again fight for three points.”
Adelaide United host Melbourne City in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 16 December at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 6.30pm ACDT. Gates open 5.30pm.