Veart discusses “reoccurring theme” in loss to Western

Carl Veart

Carl Veart lamented the “reoccurring theme” that is currently plaguing his side following a second straight defeat.

Adelaide United went down 1-0 to Western United at AAMI Park on Friday night and remain winless after five games.

Veart said while he was largely pleased with the general play and industry his team displayed, a lack of ruthlessness in the final third is severely hampering the Reds.

United has scored just three goals to begin the league season and conceded that was substandard.

“Overall I thought the performance was mostly good,” Veart told reporters in the post-match press conference.

“Again we just didn’t have that quality in the final third, we got them plenty of times and our final ball was just not good enough.

“We didn’t take enough opportunities to shoot and it’s a reoccurring theme at the moment that we’re just not scoring goals and to win football matches you have to score goals.”

The Reds were wasteful in attacking opportunities and any chance that appeared they may break-through, the final ball was either overhit or intercepted.

However, Veart was staying defiant, confident its fortunes will change.

“At times we had them (our attackers) in position, we just didn’t get the ball to them,” he said.

“Or we kicked the ball out, or we overhit the crosses, or we pick their players out.

“So that’s football, we’ll keep working.

“I’m happy with the style of football we’re playing.

“I think again tonight we controlled large parts of the game but we’re just not rewarding ourselves with goals.”

Veart was also disappointed in which the manner Connor Pain scored on the stroke of half-time.

He believed he was afforded too much time and space on the ball, inviting him to shoot and subsequently slot his finish into the bottom corner.

“I thought we limited them to a lot of counter attack stuff,” he said.

“Teams that have got good players are going to get out you can’t stop them every time.

“I’m fine with the way we defended but not happy with the goal.

“We didn’t put pressure on the ball, so when you’re going to give someone a free shot from inside the box it’s not great defending.”