Mileusnić hoping to continue momentum against City


After claiming a pulsating 4-3 win over Western United, Adelaide United winger Nikola Mileusnić admits it was enjoyable to put together a fluid attacking performance.

Mileusnić scored a quick-fire, first-half brace with George Blackwood instrumental in both goals.

Riley McGree and Nathan Konstandopoulos also etched their names on the scoresheet.

The 26-year-old said there was a lot of encouraging signs going forward, but acknowledged defensively they will need to be tighter.

“When we’re scoring goals it’s much easier to win and puts less pressure on the defence,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“So definitely happy how we’re going forward and just really good that we’re scoring goals and helping the team win.”

Nikola Mileusnić opens the scoring early against Western United

In netting a double, the speedster is one strike shy of reaching 20 goals in all competitions for the club.

“It’s obviously good to reach that sort of number,” he said.

“I know it’s not much but definitely, personally you don’t really look at those numbers too much.

“... Twenty goals for the club, I’ll be very happy and delighted to get it if I can, if I’m fortunate enough, but hopefully it doesn’t stop there.”

The Reds have now strung two victories on the bounce and face their third Victorian outfit in as many weeks as they entertain Melbourne City this Saturday at Coopers Stadium.

He was confident their current streak has put them back on track.

“We knew it was crucial to win on Sunday especially for our belief and our confidence,” he stated.

“I think before we had four wins in a row and then we had four losses, but now we’re on the right track and it’s definitely something to build on.”

James Troisi, George Blackwood and Nikola Mileusinć combine to restore the Reds lead

Incidentally, the last time Adelaide bagged four goals before Sunday was their previous meeting against City – the 4-0 rout in the FFA Cup Final 2019.

Mileusnić expected it to be a far cry from that game, anticipating a much tougher clash.

“Last time we played them was in the cup final, so we’ll be looking to build on that performance,” he continued.

“It’s going to be tough, they’re obviously a good side all over the park, so we’ll have a look now and see how they play and what we can do to expose them.

“I’m sure it’ll be a different game to what it was in the cup final, different circumstances.”

Adelaide United host Melbourne City in Round 17 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on Saturday, 1 February at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT. Gates open at 6.00pm. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.