Reds unlucky to leave Etihad empty handed


The nervousness of the home fans at the end of Saturday’s clash between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United showed the Reds deserved at least a point, according to Guillermo Amor.

Adelaide’s coach argued the visitors could have won the game at Etihad Stadium and insisted he is “not concerned” after the Reds’ winless run to start the season stretched to eight matches.

While Adelaide came back into the contest in the second half and eventually got on the scoreboard via Marcelo Carrusca’s penalty, the South Australian side remain difficult to recognise from the up-tempo outfit under Amor’s predecessor Josep Gombau.

Not that Amor is worried.

“It was good. In general, I think we played a very good game and to not leave today with a better result was a very strange thing,” he said via translator and assistant coach Pau Marti.

Carrusca converted from the spot with three minutes plus stoppage time remaining, as Victory endured another nervous finale at home.

Last week, Victory also cruised to a 2-0 lead at half-time but let Central Coast Mariners back into the game in the second period.

On Saturday, the introduction of Carrusca and Pablo Sanchez seemed to inspire Adelaide and Amor indicated his team could have overrun Victory if the game had lasted a bit longer.

“It is a good sign when everyone in the stadium was waiting for the final whistle. It shows what kind of game we did tonight,” the former Barcelona midfielder said.