Wellington Phoenix head coach Mark Rudan believes there were plenty of positives after the loss to Adelaide United in the Round 24 Hyundai A-League fixture at Coopers Stadium.
Despite a late Cillian Sheridan goal, Adelaide held on to keep all three points.
On Top Four Place
It’s it’s in our hands, you know it’s not panic stations. There’s three games to go and you know it’s one that you’ve just got to move on from very quickly and the good thing about it is next week you know we go straight to Brisbane and we prepare for that game on Friday night. So it’s a quick turnaround and that’s how you want it because I’m sure the boys know themselves know that we weren’t there in the first half and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure that we come back.
On Positives From Defeat
I wanted at least five minutes to have a look at how they were gonna shape themselves up and I made a tactical decision quite early to take our captain off and to go for the game. You know we put in a couple of strikers and we looked at areas to try and get back into the game as well. I’ll go for it, irrespective of the result. The way we changed things pretty quickly, I don’t wait until the 60th minute or whatever the case may be. I think I’m pretty much proactive and on the front foot so there’s a lot of positives there, we moved the ball around but like I said we could have utilised the big boy, Cillian Sheridan, a little bit more. But you’ve got to give them credit again, you know with ten men they stood strong and cleared a lot of dangerous situations. We didn’t really hit the target, we had a lot of shots I think something like 14 to nil in the second half but you’ve got to hit the target to give yourself a chance.
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