Bruce Djite has shared how the side’s confidence payed off with a win last weekend but admits the team needs to back up their efforts with more of the same against Perth Glory on Sunday.
Bruce Djite has shared how the side-s confidence payed off with a win last weekend but admits the team needs to back up their efforts with more of the same against Perth Glory on Sunday.
“We were confident going into the game last weekend, it showed that we play not just attractive football but football with a bit of substance as well and that includes results,” Djite said.
Despite being pleased with last weekend-s much needed win, Djite acknowledged the team-s focus needs to shift to this Sunday-s game against the Glory in Perth.
“We needed the win. It-s hard to be playing well and not getting the results… it-s important to get results if you put a lot of hard work into something, you want it to bear fruit eventually.
“We-re starting to see signs of that now but it all means nothing if we do nothing in Perth, so it-s important to forget the last game and start concentrating on the next one,” Djite said.
In the 4-0 result over the Mariners, Djite scored the opening goal, his first since February. Having gone a long time without scoring and having his season disrupted by injury, Djite-s 22nd minute strike was also confidence boost for him on a personal note.
“It-s always hard when you come back from injury and scoring that goal just reminds you just how much you love doing what you do and the fans are right behind me,” Djite said.
“The coach made me feel very important even while I was injured. It-s easy to have coaches that, when you-re injured, they forget you even exist. Josep was nothing like that, he made me feel like a very important player, the players made me feel like I was an important part of the team so it was fantastic to score for them and the fans,”
When asked whether he thought the Reds could make finals a third of the way into the season, Djite was more than optimistic.
“Oh yeah, 100 per cent. I think come middle to the end of the season, you-re going to see some really fantastic football from us and you-ve seen some pretty good stuff already but we-re going to combine that with results… I can almost guarantee it,” Djite said.