Craig Goodwin knows how important Saturday's blockbuster is with Sydney FC however; he believes that taking it one game at a time will assist in heading towards the final four matches of the season.
With only just 2 points separating first and fifth spot, versatile left-sided player Goodwin, believes a tight finish is on cards heading into a chaotic last 4 rounds of the season.
“I have never seen the competition like this. There’s two points separating 5 teams with Victory having a game in hand but will be a very interesting last 4 rounds to say the least”.
“In these situations you can really only take it game by game and this week it’s a massive against Sydney, if we win it puts us in a good position to push for Premiers and if we lose it will become much harder” said Goodwin.
Goodwin also revealed that although key playmaker Marcelo Carrusca will be out of the clash due to injury, he believes that the squad has enough depth to cover for the loss and knows they will be able to create and score goals.
“Obviously he (Carrusca) is one of our most influential players. He’s our top scorer and he creates a lot of things but we have a good squad and we have a number of players who are creative and can score goals” said Goodwin.
And when asked about the situation between first and fifth as well as Carruscas absence in the squad, Goodwin answered in a good manner saying the squad doesn’t feel the pressure and that they will take it as it comes on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t say it’s too much more pressure with Chelo (Carrusca) missing out because the situation as it stands there is always going to be pressure but we are footballers and this is part of the sport, so we can handle that and that’s what we will have to do come Saturday.
“Sydney are playing well especially Marc Janko who has been very influential so that’s someone we will have to look to try and nullify his effect on the game, he’s got 16 goals which is outstanding.”
“So if we can try and stop him from having an impact on the game I think that will go a long way to getting a result” said Goodwin.
Craig had some final words heading into the match against Sydney FC on Saturday Night.
“We just have to go out there focused and ready because we know what they are capable of”.
“We beat Sydney the last time away from home 3-0, so we definitely know to do, we just need to go out there and do it”.
Adelaide United will next travel to take on Sydney FC on Saturday 4 April 2015 at Allianz Stadium in Round 24 of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season. Kick-off at 7:30pm (7:00pm ACDT).