Adelaide United captain Isaias says the Reds will learn from their 5-0 drubbing against Melbourne City. Picture: Sarah Reed
Adelaide United captain Isaias says the Reds will learn from their 5-0 drubbing against Melbourne City. Picture: Sarah Reed

No excuses for sorry Reds after City debacle

ISAIAS says Adelaide United will not hide behind excuses as it begins the post-mortem of its Melbourne City debacle.

The Reds skipper was left frustrated following Sunday night's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of City which equalled the club's second biggest A-League defeat.

But he said his teammates would be honest in assessing the humiliating loss and would use it as a valuable lesson moving forward.

"I don't know what to think," said Isaias, of the AAMI Park drubbing which ended fifth-placed United's three-match unbeaten run.

"It's difficult to find a reason. But it's not a moment to find excuses.

"We can do better (and) we know that we didn't play good enough. We need to learn from these mistakes and try to (ensure) that they never happen again."

Adelaide failed to recover from Marcin Budzinski's first-half brace, then allowed ex-Red Dario Vidosic (two) and Ross McCormack to compound their misery with goals at the death.

The losing margin was just shy of United's 7-1 thumping at Brisbane Roar in 2011/12 and its 6-0 grand final capitulation against Melbourne Victory in 2006/07.

It came despite the visitors shading possession (50.3 per cent) and creating two of the game's best chances for Apostolos Stamatelopoulos and George Blackwood.

"If we scored early, maybe we are talking about different things," Spaniard Isaias said.

"But if you don't score early, maybe the game can turn in a different way. We lost a little bit of (defensive) shape and the compactness in the last moments of the game.

"But we didn't find the right way in the first half either.

"Now it is a moment to go home and think about what we did wrong, what we can do better and obviously on Wednesday come back to training ... focused on the next game."

Isaias was not surprised the Reds' jet-lagged Olyroos trio of Blackwood, Ben Garuccio and Paul Izzo started the match on the bench after returning from the Asian under-23 titles in China.

The midfield general backed his side to respond away to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

"It (the City match) is only one game, it's three points.

"We still believe in our squad and we believe in the way we are playing."

Coach Kurz said the performance was his team's worst of a promising campaign.

The German hoped to bolster his squad during the January transfer window.

"We search for players, but we will bring good quality to the club and not only a name," Kurz said post-match.

"I hope we find a good player for the rest of the season."



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