Australian Football: Veart hails Reds spirit after City fightback

29 November 2021 00:14:51 GMTPlus11
Mauk on target

Adelaide coach Carl Veart saluted the spirit of his players as they came from behind to draw 2-2 with the reigning premiers Melbourne City on Saturday.

Adelaide are priced at 20/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and on the evidence of Saturday they could be in for a strong season.

Brave fightback

The game looked to be over with 12 minutes left on the clock at Coopers Stadium as City were leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Socceroos strikers Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout.

However the Reds were not done and goals from Stefan Mauk and Ben Halloran rescued a share of the points.

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Speaking after the game Veart saluted the never-say-die attitude of his players and felt his side could have gone on to win the game with more time.

"That spirit, to come back the way they did, was fantastic," Veart said. "If we went another four or five minutes, I reckon we would have got a winner."

Strong pressing game

Melbourne City have a team packed with top quality players but Veart says his side stopped them from playing how they wanted to.

"Our pressing was excellent," he said. "Melbourne City are normally a side that passes the ball a lot out of defence and they played a lot of long balls.

"They didn't really do their normal build-up play that they are well known for. So that is a credit to our boys with their pressing, they forced them to go a lot more direct than what they normally would."

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