Maiden goal scorer Apostolos Stamatelopoulos has hailed the impact of Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz after Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Western Sydney at ANZ Stadium.
The third-gamer came off the bench to crash home the equaliser in the 86th minute to secure the draw for the Reds.
The 18-year-old signed a two-year scholarship with United in September and paid credit to Kurz for his impact.
"It's good," Stamatelopoulos told Fox Sports. "He's a great coach.
"He's one of the best coaches I've had throughout my youth career.
"For him to pick me to get a scholarship and train with the first-team boys every day is an honour.
"I'm making the most of it."
The ex-Adelaide Comets forward came off the bench two minutes before his maiden strike which left him almost lost for words post-game.
"Very big," he said. "I've been playing footy all my life.
"To score my first goal for my hometown team is great. I love it."
The result leaves Adelaide in fourth spot with 21 points from 15 games.
"It's a very big result," Stamatelopoulos said.
"We'll take a point home from this game. It was just a fight the whole game.
"Away from home it is good."