Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz applauded his players after they overcame an early sending-off and a 3-0 deficit against Brisbane Roar to make Hyundai A-League history by coming back to win 4-3 in regulation time.
The Roar had two players of their own dismissed after the interval in a game that kept spectators on the edge of their seats right up until Nikola Mileusnic’s dramatic added-time winner.
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"The team is fantastic, the character is fantastic, I'm very proud of them," he said.
"I hope we learned that for the next game we can't concede an early goal or we have to respect the hard decision that we play with 10 men, but we cannot stop to play.
"The boys made a good job, not me as a coach – the boys are on the pitch and they can be proud.”
Roar’s interim coach Darren Davies said that his side would learn from the bitter disappointment of ending up on the wrong end of this seven-goal thriller.
“It’s a very steep learning curve,” he said. “But if we do learn from it, individually and as a group, we’ll be better for it.
“We’ll dust ourselves down, we’ll regroup and we’ll come out and go again.
“I’m bitterly disappointed for the playing group. They gave everything. There’s some errors we made that cost us and we accept that.
“But to be in that position and cough up that lead is bitterly disappointing.”