A-League

March 1, 2013

Full-time

Adelaide United

0 - 1

Brisbane Roar

A-League

7:30 +00:00, March 2, 2013

Hindmarsh Stadium, Australia

Roar beat United, Valkanis slams players

He lost the game and his voice and now Adelaide United's caretaker coach Michael Valkanis is also losing patience, accusing his players of mental frailty.

Valkanis blasted his players for not turning up to play as Adelaide's season continued to spiral out of control when beaten 1-0 by Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Roar substitute Ben Halloran slotted an 82nd-minute winner in a Hindmarsh Stadium triumph which could lift the defending champions into the top six by the end of the round.

While Adelaide remain entrenched in the top four, they have just one win from their past seven games.

Valkanis lost his voice from constant shouting at his players during the defeat, and then delivered a brutal, hoarse message.

"The first half, we didn't turn up," Valkanis croaked post-match.

"There were too many stupid errors, too many turnovers, going backwards when we could go forwards, and even the goal was comical - two players crashing into each other."

Valkanis said Adelaide's problems were mental.

"To me, it seems like it's mental because there are days when they can turn it on and play good football. And there days like today where they didn't turn up," he said.

"It looked like we were wanting to score for them in the first half. We were waiting for goal, we wanted to concede - I can't understand the mentality.

"It is something we have to work on and have to fix. That is the challenge.

"We have to find the players that will stick to the game plan ... people need to stand up and find solutions during the game and not give up."

While early-season victories leave them finals certainties, things couldn't be more sour at Adelaide - but they couldn't be sweeter at Brisbane, despite the Roar yet to confirm a finals spot.

Brisbane's late-season surge has rivals looking over their collective shoulder at the ominous reigning title holders.

"It doesn't really bother me what other teams are thinking or doing," Roar coach Mike Mulvey said.

"Today was the best 90 minutes we have played since I have joined the club.

"It's about us. We are still the masters of our own destiny."

Brisbane host Melbourne Victory next Saturday night before an away fixture against pacesetters Central Coast.

Scoring Summary

Adelaide United Brisbane Roar
 Ben Halloran (82')