Adelaide United coach Carl Veart says his side put in one of their best performances of the season despite slipping to defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Adelaide have been on a roll and are keen to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final, but they came unstuck on home soil against the Wanderers on Wednesday night.
The night started well for Adelaide when they took the lead after just eight minutes. Zac Clough was brought down 25 metres out from goal and skipper Craig Goodwin stepped up to fire home a spectacular free-kick.
However the visitors were back on level terms on 26 minutes when Ramy Najjarine finished a fine passing move by slotting the ball past Reds goalkeeper Joe Gauci.
Adelaide had their chances to get back in front with Goodwin and Hiroshi Ibusuki both going close but it was Western Sydney who grabbed the win late on.
Following a scramble from a Najjarine corner Phillip Cancar got the final touch to earn Mark Rudan's side all three points.
Adelaide pushed for an equaliser but could not find a way through. Even so there were no complaints from Veart who was happy with the effort his players put in throughout the 90 minutes.
"The boys gave everything tonight," he said. "They played some really good stuff in that first half I thought, some of the best football of the season.
"We kept knocking on the door but we just couldn't get the goal, which is unfortunate. It happens sometimes in football but I'm happy with the way we went about it tonight."