Reds must be sharper: Gombau


Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau wants his side to improve its reliability around goals and final touch after allowing the Western Sydney Wanderers to wriggle out of a potentially embarrassing scoreboard blowout in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Coopers Stadium.

After Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was red-carded in the 17th minute, the Reds ran complete roughshod over the visitors all over the pitch.

The result was never in doubt but the fact United could only muster two goals, to Marcelo Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira, amid a litany of familiar close-calls and near-misses frustrated Gombau, mindful that goal difference could ultimately separate a clustered top-end of the ladder.

“When a team tries to (exclusively) defend, it is difficult to go inside,” he said.

“The personal touch of shooting and scoring was not so good.

“This is something we need to improve.

“I am unhappy with the scoring … because at the end of the week, one or two goals for us to be in one position or another … you can be lose a position for this.

“We need to increase this number (of goals).

“All the season, against Sydney (0-0 draw) here we created a lot of chances; against Wellington (2-1 win) … chances okay, goals not enough.”

Illustrating the Reds’ absolute dominance of Western Sydney were some of the most one-sided match-day statistics in recent memory.

Adelaide had more shots in total (26-1), shots on target (8-0), corners (13-0), crosses (43-0) and passes (786-210).

Those astounding numbers were beyond anything Gombau anticipated, although he did concede the fact the Wanderers were down to 10 men for the majority of the contest was significant.

“You don’t expect when you prepare a game that we would have the ball like this and we would create this number of chances,” Gombau said.

“It’s true that against a team that plays with 10 it’s easier than against a team that plays with 11.

“In the end we had a good game – we played very good football.

“The aim is to play like this against 11.”