McGowan: Our work isn’t over

Dylan McGowan believes it will take strong opposition to end the Reds’ current undefeated run, but with Wellington Phoenix their next opponents he and his teammates will have ample work ahead of them.

Following Adelaide United’s 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar last Saturday, they are now 13 matches undefeated in the Hyundai A-League, seeing the Reds jump to second spot on the competition’s standings. 

And with the possibility of United bettering their Club-record of 13 domestic matches without defeat when they play the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, McGowan insists his squad will remain focussed on continuing to play the high quality football that has seen them turn their season around. 

“Wellington at home is always a very difficult game and sometimes you can get some harsh conditions over there as well,” McGowan said. “We are going into the game as we have been going into every other one recently and we’re looking to win, but are very wary of our opposition.

Dylan McGowan says the Reds' work is far from over ahead of their match with the Phoenix this weekend.

“They have a few who we have to keep tabs on, (but) that’s the joy of being a defender, you have to worry and focus on them, and let them worry about our attack.

“We have worked hard on tightening up defensively and the attacking side (of our football) has started to click, but that all comes with confidence and we are flying at the moment.

“We have a squad that is playing very well, and we will need that to continue to keep this run going.

“Our position on the table dictates that we have to play every game to the best of our ability if we want to get that one position higher, and we have been on this run without being complacent.

“So I think that will continue and it will take a good performance from the other team to beat us, not through any complacency by us.”

McGowan also emphasised the fact that there is still work to be done from himself and his teammates, but if it can be achieved, they will remain a tough team to compete against. 

“There is still a lot of work to be done to keep getting better,” he continued.

“We have to keep being strong defensively, tracking our runners in the midfield area, and keep creating chances on goal.

“If we do this, we will be a tough team to stop and the table doesn’t lie, we are doing extremely well but there is still a long way to go.

“We are hungry to keep improving in any way we can, we are focused on training, and are working harder than ever.

“At Adelaide United it is all about team spirit and we know we are a good team in the A-League. 

“A lot of the boys have been playing football together for a while now, and we believe in ourselves and our strengths.”

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Adelaide United will face Wellington Phoenix in Round 22 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Saturday, 5 March at Westpac Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.45pm ACDT.​