A-League

November 16, 2012

Full-time

Adelaide United

1 - 0

Melbourne Heart

A-League

7:30 +00:00, November 17, 2012

Hindmarsh Stadium, Australia

Heart stopped in loss to Adelaide: Aloisi

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi condemned his side for giving up as Adelaide United logged their best start to an A-League season with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Aloisi was furious that the Heart "stopped playing" after falling behind at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Adelaide have now banked 16 points with five wins from seven games - a club best start to a season, which also equals their number of wins in the entirety of last season.

"It's no point dwelling on what we have achieved so far, it's what we have still got to achieve," Adelaide coach John Kosmina said.

" ... It's a long way to go to achieve what I think they're capable of achieving as individuals and as a group."

In contrast, a fuming Aloisi criticised his side's mental weakness.

After a solid start, Adelaide's Jeronimo Nuemann was gifted the match winner by a basic blunder from defender Simon Colosimo, who inexplicably passed to the Reds when under little pressure.

Neumann's shot deflected off Colosimo into the net and the Argentine was initially awarded the goal, only for referees to decree it an own goal post-match.

"It's a disappointing loss because we gave them the game," Aloisi said.

"After they scored the goal, we stopped playing - we stopped moving, stopped competing, and that is the thing I'm disappointed about.

"You can go a goal down but you can't stop playing.

"We made that mistake and then it was all over.

"It's not physical ... it was more mental, it has to be.

"What I mean by stop playing is going for the ball, wanting the ball ... we just didn't do that all after it was 1-0 and then you could see even on goalkicks we weren't even competing.

"It was more mental and I'm not happy about it and I have to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

Aloisi, who had seven players unavailable due to injury, forecast making sweeping changes to his line-up when he had a full squad to pick from.

"I have got players coming back in ... I can easily make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

"If I have got a full squad there will be competition for places, so that is an easy way to do it."

Scoring Summary

Adelaide United Melbourne Heart
Jeronimo Neumann (58')