Veart: Sometimes in football you don’t get your reward

Adelaide United Isuzu UTE A-League head coach Carl Veart says his side did not get reward for effort in its one-nil loss to Western Sydney on Friday night.

The Reds conceded a chipped goal in the first half by Dylan Pierias but despite having more possession and creating more chances in the second half, were unable to find an equaliser.

A headed effort against the post by second half substitute Javi Lopez was the closest they came to scoring.

After the game, Veart was pleased with the effort his side put in against a well drilled Wanderers outfit but disappointed with the way his players used the ball in the front third.

He also discussed the late red card to Wanderer Josh Brillante and how his side would retain its belief after three straight losses.

Carl Veart on his initial reaction to the performance and result:

“We worked extremely hard through everything the boys had, and the Wanderers had, but in the end, we just didn’t make the most of those opportunities that we did create and at times, we could have created a few more chances if we had a little bit more care with the ball in that final third, or had a little bit more desperation to get players in the box. The Wanderers desperately defended their goal and defended very well.”

Carl Veart on how the first half panned out:

“I think both teams were just sort of sounding each other out in the first half. That’s when most of the game was played in the middle of the park. We, I suppose at times, just turned the ball over a little bit too easily in the middle of the park in the first half and didn’t explore the spaces that were available for us. We sort of made a few tweaks with that at half time and in second half was much better.”

Carl Veart on the red card to Josh Brillante after his tackle on Red Ryan Tunnicliffe:

“I actually didn’t see it until they showed it on the screen and it looked a little bit, I suppose, forceful. But I actually didn’t see it live. Ryan was fairly adamant that it was a bad tackle and he couldn’t understand how the linesman and the fourth official couldn’t have seen it live, but I didn’t actually see it live.”

Carl Veart on whether his side is far away from getting back on the winners’ list:

“The effort from the boys was there all night. They worked hard and you know, sometimes in football, you don’t get your reward from when you work hard. That’s that happens sometimes. But you know, the boys will keep their heads up and we’ll keep working, and you know, we’ve got Newcastle at home next week and we look forward to playing in front of our home fans and getting three points for Christmas.”

Carl Veart on how he’ll ensure his side keeps its belief:

“We’ve done it many times. Sometimes we go through those periods of losses, then we go on big long runs of wins so it’s something that’s not new to the playing group. And you know, we don’t change the way that we want to play. We want to be an attacking side and take games to the opposition and I think the players did that tonight. It was just unfortunate we didn’t get to get a goal.”