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Adelaide coach says belief not shaken

  • Adelaide coach says belief not shaken

Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor says his faith hasn't been shaken by overseeing the club's worst-ever start to an A-League season.

The Reds' frustration grew on Sunday with a scoreless draw at home against Newcastle, leaving them winless and last on the ladder after seven rounds.

But first-year coach Amor says he remains confident in his program at Adelaide.

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"We have lost games ... we could have won," he said.

"The team has shown they're capable of winning.

"The team is working hard and they are all on the same page."

The grim start to Amor's tenure continued as a logjam developed in the upper reaches of the ladder.

Brisbane (14 points) retained top spot with a 1-1 home draw against Melbourne City but are just a point ahead of Melbourne Victory and a resurgent Western Sydney, who banked their fourth consecutive win with a 2-1 triumph against Wellington on Saturday.

Sydney FC (12 points) hold fifth position with Newcastle (11 points) in sixth after the Sky Blues' scoreless draw with Perth Glory prompted the round's greatest controversy.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold blasted the league's heat policy, blaming 34 degree heat for a lacklustre affair in which both teams mustered just one shot on target.

Arnold wanted kick-off delayed by two hours but the match started as scheduled, at 4.30pm local time.

Football Federation Australia uses the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature, which takes into account air temperature, humidity, wind and radiation to determine its heat policy.

"Does it need someone to die first? Seriously," Arnold said.

"Yeah the wet bulb is saying (it's okay).

"But at the end of the day, it's roasting hot and the players can't run ... you may as well throw all tactics out the door.

"It's a matter of just hoping the players can just get through the game - with no injuries, without dying and without making mistakes."

A-League chief executive Damien de Bohun dismissed Arnold's concerns.

"The WBGT thresholds in the A-League are lower than FIFA standards," de Bohun said.

And Glory coach Kenny Lowe accused Arnold of deflecting attention from his side's display.

"Arnie knows what he's doing ... he's like the cat with a ball of wool. He just plays with people," Lowe said.

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