Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic clears the ball against the Perth Glory.
Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic clears the ball against the Perth Glory. TONY MCDONOUGH

Reds heroics looking unlikely this season

IT must feel like deja vu for Adelaide United fans.

After seven rounds of the A-League season, their team has yet to win a game.

Last season it was nine games before the team registered its first three points of the campaign.

There was no looking back from there, though, as Guillermo Amor's team turned things around in the most dramatic of fashion to win 19 of the next 20 games and take out the Premier's Plate and grand final double.

It is quite uncanny how this campaign is replicating the last ... so far.

Just like last year the Reds have probably deserved more from most games and should not be propping up the ladder.

Some fans may point to a lack of good fortune this season, and they have a point.

You could argue that Rostyn Griffiths' goal for the Perth Glory on Friday night should not have stood after he fouled Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

But you can't put the Reds' lack of points all down to misfortune. Something is definitely missing from last season.

The team isn't creating as many chances or taking them when they do present.

Conversely, the side does not seem to be as solid at the back, therefore more goals are being conceded.

Combine those two things and it is no wonder the team is on the bottom of the ladder with only two points.

It looks like only getting worse for Amor and his team, which now faces the might of ladder leader Sydney FC.

The coach is also facing a lengthy ban after being sent to the stands for making contact with an official.

He will be banned from the touchline next week and could be banned for longer if the A-League deems his behaviour following the Griffiths goal in the 3-1 loss to the Glory to warrant further punishment.

Jordan O'Doherty will miss next week too following his sending off, while Sergi Guardiola limped off against Perth and could too be absent.

A defeat against Sydney next week will mean eight rounds without a win and I am not sure this Adelaide team can turn things around enough to match last season's heroics.

More to the point, I don't think Amor believes he can change things either.

Only time will tell.

"We've got another tough game next weekend against Sydney FC so we've got to worry about that,” Adelaide United captain Galekovic said. "We've got to stay positive.”

Easier said than done.



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