Adelaide United has ended their three game losing streak with a stale nil all draw across the ditch against Wellington Phoenix. A game that was about as exciting as a New Years Eve party with sparklers and cordial! No fireworks or strong punch being served throughout the 90 minutes at Westpac Stadium.
However United did battle hard and defended with a lot more vigor in this match against the KIWIS remembering this is a REDs side who had been leaking goals, Ten in their last three matches. So it was refreshing to see a water tight REDs defense.
The game did not see a lot of creativity or free flowing football as both sides struggled to take any control or dominate the possession. Nikola Mileusnic had probably the only real decent chance for the REDS in the first half, however the young lad blazed over the bar after some tidy link up play.
The second half continued in the same scrappy vain, with the scattering of yellow cards and potential for a fight to break out between the two niggling sides the best part of this game. The Phoenix did storm home towards the end as a home side should do chasing the three points. However United put up the umbrellas in defense like that in the crowd who loyally watched this sour game in the rain. REDS fans were the most relieved when the final whistle went to not only see their side stop the rot but also not too see another sucker punch in the final minutes. I don’t think Adelaide United fans could’ve taken another last minute lightning strike to give them another defeat.
So an improved RED’s display in New Zealand, the boys were tighter at the back and mentally switched on for the full ninety minutes something REDS fans have not seen a lot this season.
A point away from home and to end with a positive UNITED fans we are still undefeated this year. It isn’t a full charge yet towards defending the title but we are limping in a forward direction.