Veart pleased with response after sloppy start

Carl Veart
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Carl Veart praised the reaction Adelaide United showed after an early concession following a “comedy of errors” against Brisbane Roar.

The Reds responded with a 3-1 win thanks to Craig Goodwin’s brace and a penalty from Stefan Mauk.

Goodwin levelled proceedings from the spot in the first-half before Mauk gave the visitors the lead two minutes after half-time.

The 30-year-old forward then put the result beyond doubt in the 85th minute with a clinical finish.

Veart lauded the industry from his side after registering its first away victory of the season.

“It wasn’t a great start to concede in the second minute,” Veart told reporters in the post-match press conference.

“The way that we conceded as well was a comedy of errors.

“But the boys, their effort tonight was excellent.

“At times we were a little bit sloppy, but in saying that I thought at times we really had good control in the game and just don’t take our chances.”

The result lifts the Reds into the top six and Veart knew the importance of collecting maximum points, having drawn five matches.

Veart said they had to try and play the match with extra intensity despite the sapping conditions and take advantage of Brisbane’s recent hectic schedule.

“That’s our second win but from nine games we’ve only lost two games,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of draws which is not great for us, but wins are what we need and today we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“But we also knew Brisbane are on a run of four games in a short period so we knew that we had to try and play the game at a higher tempo.

“Brisbane’s weather again has an effect on teams that come up here so we struggled a little bit.

“Full credit to Brisbane they really pushed us in that second-half.”

Goodwin’s double moved him level with Travis Dodd in second place on the Club’s all-time top scoring chart with 39 goals and now trails leader Bruce Djite by two for the record.

The winger was exceptional again but Adelaide will be without his presence after being called-up to the Socceroos squad for upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman.

Veart complimented his ability and wished him a successful time while on national team duty.

“He most probably has the best quality that we’ve got in our team in that front half of the pitch,” he said.

“And that’s why he scores and he creates a lot of opportunities for us, and we’re going to miss him but we wish him all the best.

“There’s no greater honour than playing for Australia, and Australia need to pick up points as well… Hopefully he can do for Australia what he does for us.”

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