Brebner rues lack of cutting edge after Adelaide loss

Leigh Broxham

Melbourne Victory head coach Grant Brebner lamented a lack of cutting edge after a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United in the A-League on Saturday.

Mohamed Toure’s 53rd-minute goal proved to be the match-winner at Coopers Stadium in Victory’s first competitive game in three weeks.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Brebner discussed the game and Rudy Gestede’s early injury, the striker having hit the post before coming off in the 10th minute.

“I think on the whole the better team won on the night. It’s not to say that we didn’t have a good night, but I think if you look at chances created, they would’ve been mightily frustrated had they not went on and won the game so from that perspective I think they were deserved winners.”

on Gestede’s early injury…
“It’s a huge blow because obviously we’ve set up to play a certain way. You’ve got a top striker lasting seven minutes and I think he caused a couple of problems in his seven minutes. We had to obviously change straight away and Robbie (Kruse) isn’t ready to play 90 minutes so you look down the bench and Elvis (Kamsoba) is obviously a player we can bring on, but a totally different player to how we envisaged playing with Rudy up front.”

on severity of Gestede’s injury…
“Not too serious. He’ll obviously get a scan and get it looked at over the next couple of days, but frustrating for him.”

on the schedule…
“We’re obviously learning as we go as well. It’s our second game. I think we were certainly better on the 90 minutes tonight than we were against Brisbane and possession-wise there were a lot of good things we can take away from it, but we just didn’t have that cutting edge. In saying that, I felt Robbie was very good when he came on.”

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