Goodwin: winning most important thing
Craig Goodwin says the most important aspect from their match against Western Sydney Wanderers was collecting all three points.
Adelaide United prevailed 2-1 at ANZ Stadium to return to winning ways following a week of inconsistent performances.
United played their best game of the season to down Melbourne Victory before a sluggish outing cost them points away to Sydney FC.
“I think coming off the back of last week we had a good result against Victory at home and then a lacklustre performance against Sydney,” Goodwin told Fox Sports after the match.
“So it’s good to pick up the three points to get back on track, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement and a lot of games to play.”
Goodwin was involved in both goals against the Wanderers, assisting Vince Lia for his opener.
It was the 27-year-old’s fourth assist of the campaign.
The winger admitted the sapping conditions made it difficult to play their best football.
“The heat and humidity were certainly a factor for both teams,” he said.
“I think you could see it was a very slow game and very open at times.
“I think we’ve probably got to be a little smarter in these conditions and try and keep the ball a bit longer.
“Rather than every transition go for the killer punch, but the most important thing was the three points.”
WSW levelled proceedings in stunning fashion via a Roly Bonevacia free-kick.
But fortunately for the Reds, Goodwin showed his skill and composure to score for a third straight game and slot his seventh league goal of the season.
“I think we started the second-half a little bit slow,” he said.
“Obviously a good strike from (Roly) Bonevacia from the free-kick so we did have to find another gear but to keep playing our game and to keep moving the ball around.
“We knew we could find good spaces and obviously we got the second goal and probably should’ve finished it off at the end.”
Adelaide United face Perth Glory in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Wednesday, 23 January at HBF Park. Kick-off is at 9.30pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and streamed on the My Football Live App.