We controlled game claims Kurz

04 February 2018 06:34:13 EST

Coach Marco Kurz was delighted with Adelaide United's form as they saw off Perth Gory 2-1 at Coopers Stadium.

The Reds had been too inconsistent for Kurz's liking until the turn of the year, but they've lost just one of their six games in 2018.

I think we played a good first-half, we had the control in the first-half as well.

Marco Kurz

They'd been outside the top four for the past three rounds, but put that right as they leaprogged Melbourne Victory.

United had to come from behind, with Andy Keogh's header putting Perth in front inside the opening five minutes.

After Dino Djulbic headed an own goal to level matters on 13 minutes, it was Nikola Mileusnic's tidy finish that secured the three points.

Kurz lauded his side's resilience and felt they could have won by a bigger margin.

"I think we played a good first-half, we had the control in the first-half as well," said the coach. "Also in the second-half it's my opinion that we could have killed the game.

"We had a lot of counter-attacking situations, and then we had to change both our centre-backs in (Jordan) Elsey and Ersan (Gülüm).

"That's normal that you have more pressure in the last 10 minutes we also had a little bit of game luck."

Kurz said he was proud of the Reds, who had given everything to secure their eighth win of the season.

The coach had to replace both Elsey and Gülüm, and switched to a back five to try to hold onto the lead.

Elsey was substituted with concussion with about 35 minutes remaining after falling heavily when leaping in an attempt to volley. His central defensive partner Gulum hobbled off with 10 minutes to go with an apparent left ankle injury.

The Reds are 8/11 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 4/1 with the draw 13/5.

Adelaide are 6/1 to win 1-0.

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