Reds showed real spirit after securing deserved point

Ben Halloran and Jordan Elsey

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Carl Veart was thrilled with the character and resilience Adelaide United displayed in the second-half after staring down the barrel of defeat against Sydney FC on Sunday.

Trailing 2-0, the Reds struck twice in quick succession to secure a 2-2 draw against the Sky Blues at Leichhardt Oval.

Bobo’s brace was cancelled out as two goals in four minutes from Jordan Elsey and Tomi Juric ensured Adelaide would earn a deserved point.

Veart praised his side’s ability to respond to adversity in the post-match press conference.

“I think that’s our third game in seven or eight days,” Veart said speaking to reporters.

“So to come back and 2-0 down against the champions from last year, I thought showed tremendous spirit and character.”

The Reds boss hailed the belief of his squad and felt his team largely dominated the game, only appearing to be troubled when Sydney looked to break.

He believed on another day his side would have prevailed.

“I think it’s a credit to our boys we’re playing away to Sydney and we had a lot of control in that game,” he said.

“The only trouble we had was the counter-attack of Sydney. They were very dangerous, they’ve got quality players and that was the only thing that was causing us trouble.

“Other than that, I thought we had good control of the game. We had plenty of opportunities. I don’t know how many times we got into the box and crosses and we just picked the goalkeeper out or they got a foot to it.

“But credit to our boys, they worked extremely hard and I think they deserved the draw and on another night we would’ve come away with the three points.”

Adelaide’s stalemate means they move equal second on the A-League table with Central Coast Mariners on 30 points, and Veart insisted they must keep its momentum going.

“There’s a lot of good sides that are even outside the (top) six,” he said, as the Reds have lost just one of their previous 10 games.

“So it’s going to be a very entertaining and interesting back half of the season.

“There’s some teams that are starting to come into some really good form and it’s going to be a congested finish to the season.

“So I think it’s important that we keep on this roll that we’re on at the moment.”

Veart admitted he is happy with where his side is currently at, at this juncture of the season.

“I think we started slowly but the last two months the performances of the playing group has been tremendous,” he continued.

“The football we’re playing now is very exciting and it’s good to watch.”

Next match details:
Sunday 25 April vs Wellington Phoenix
A-League 2020/21 – Matchweek 18
Kick-off 3.40pm ACST
Venue: WIN Stadium
Broadcast: Fox Sports
Stream: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App

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