Stenta confident Reds will bounce back

Adrian Stenta

Adelaide United Women Head Coach Adrian Stenta attributed his side’s loss to a combination of profligacy and insipidness.

The Reds suffered its first home defeat of the season after a 1-0 setback to Melbourne Victory Women on Friday night, snapping a three-game winning streak in the process.  

Stenta believed despite the lacklustre performance his team still conjured enough chances to take something from the game.

However, they were left to rue those missed opportunities when the visitors struck late in the second-half.

“I think we created two or three really good chances in the first-half in particular,” Stenta said after the match.

“And we just struggled to make them count and sometimes that’s what decides matches.

“You take your moments or the opposition takes their moments and that can be the margin of winning and losing.”

The Adelaide boss felt they gave Victory a bit too much respect and were second to the ball for much of the contest.

“We know that Victory is a good side and I thought they played well,” he said.

“But I think we allowed them to play a little bit too much and I think we were a little bit off and when you’re a little bit off in this league then you can be made to pay.”

Adelaide, who remain in second place on the table, will need to bounce back away to Western Sydney Wanderers Women next week.

Stenta was confident the squad will make amends for it surprisingly flat display, stating it is imperative if they are serious about securing a maiden finals appearance.

“I just think we’ve got to get back on the park,” he continued.

“We’ll look at the video, we’ll learn from our mistakes in this game and what we could’ve done better.

“We just need to work hard and get back to how we were playing previously and I’m confident they’ll be able to do that.”