Goodwin: We need to regroup and be ready

After Adelaide United’s disappointing 2-1 defeat against the Wanderers, Craig Goodwin, has said he and his teammates will be doing their upmost to push forward in the finals ahead.

The Reds found themselves 1-0 ahead against the Wanderers courtesy of Sergio Cirio’s 45th minute strike, however they surrendered their lead which saw Western Sydney go on to win the match comprehensively.

This Saturdays match against Melbourne City is exactly what’s needed as a stepping stone for the finals ahead and defender, Craig Goodwin, cannot stress the importance of taking this game like no other.

“Obviously we are disappointed not to get a first or second spot but overall we are in a good position, we get a home finals game but firstly we need to concentrate on the game this week and then the finals ahead,” said Goodwin.

“We are playing well as a team but still aren’t taking the chances that we create.

“In saying this, we have put ourselves in a good position and we will finish either third or fourth so from that we just need to focus on the finals series and ensure that everyone’s fit and fighting for selection.

“In terms of results we haven’t been the best as of late, but we just have to regroup and be ready for the coming fixtures.

“We get Carrusca and Awer Mabil back ready for the finals series, so that will be a massive boost but we need focus on this week first and then shift our attention to the finals series."

Adelaide United head into this week’s match against Melbourne City without centre back Nigel Boogaard after he was red carded against Western Sydney. However, Goodwin believes that depth is crucial and that anyone who comes into the position will do just as good of a job.

“Having a couple players with yellows and then a red card doesn’t help going into this week, but it’s important in the long run that they are back ready come finals time,” Goodwin continued.

“In saying this we need to take this game against Melbourne City very seriously, we can’t just go in and not really play for the result.

“We have to try and get the three points, work on the game and just try to get some form going into the finals.

“Overall we are still in a good situation; we get a home final which hopefully the crowd will be out in numbers to support and hopefully starting this week we can get a result which will give us confidence for the finals ahead."

Adelaide United next host Melbourne City in Round 27 of the Hyundai 2014/15 A-League season on Saturday, 25 April at Coopers Stadium. Kick off at 7:00pm ACST. To purchase tickets, click here.