Adelaide beats Western Sydney 3-1 in A-League final

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The way he had his Adelaide United players approach the grand final against Western Sydney Wanderers was tactically brilliant.

Fervent Wanderers fan group Red and Black Bloc were chided and coaxed into better behaviour after their club was handed a suspended three-point penalty and $50,000 fine after FFA found Western Sydney guilty of bringing the game into disrepute in February.

Neville sparked the potential comeback with his first A-League goal but Adelaide defended stoutly with time running out and Sanchez showed his ability to find late goals when he made the game safe in the 90th minute.

Amor, a Barcelona great as a player, had never coached a senior team before being talked into taking over as Adelaide coach when Josep Gombau unexpectedly quit last July.

The Wanderers arrived in Adelaide on Friday and have since been followed by thousands of their most loyal fans, who have flooded the South Australian capital in a bid to see their side crowned champions for the first time.

Kamau was a lively outlet for the Reds all afternoon and after playing a starring role for United as a right-sided forward in recent weeks, he stepped his out up again in the grand final.

"The boys will have a week to recover by kick-off, the mood is really good and we're ready to go - everyone wants to be a part of a grand final", he said.

Adelaide is now the sixth club to claim the A-League trophy in the competition's 11 seasons, while it was the Wanderers' third grand final loss in four seasons.

"But I'm just so disappointed in our first half".

"Normally with these games, you have to imagine, be calm, (have) a big personality and character", he said. "It's still pretty fresh, so the emotion hasn't kicked in in some ways as we haven't re-watched the game".

They couldn't get the clear shots in that they wanted, but when you're able to put as much pressure on as Wanderers were invited to apply in that time there are inevitably going to be moments where you go close to getting what you want. "We're in the ACL next year, so it's not too bad". "They've got some quality players in there and I think we didn't nullify them well enough early on".

For the majority of the season, Amor has relied upon his entire squad to score goals but Pablo Sanchez (8), Stefan Mauk (7, including 4 for City) and Marcelo Carrusca (5) seem most likely to impact the scoreboard for the home side. "And that time, we'll go a bit further", he said.

When asked if the Wanderers' decision to adopt a Spanish-inspired, ball-playing style of football this season was inspired by Adelaide's decision to follow that path in 2013, Popovic said it was just a "coincidence".

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