Adelaide United Youth striker, Ninko Beric, is confident of causing an upset against league leaders Adelaide Blues Eagles at the VALO Football Centre on Saturday.
Adelaide will be looking to respond from consecutive 3-1 losses against Adelaide Comets and South Adelaide respectively.
Beric highlighted the importance of collecting three points to climb up the ladder having dropped to sixth.
“Two bad results in the last two rounds means it’s very important because we need to get up to where we want to be,” Beric claimed.
“And that’s up the top and three points are needed.”
Beric attributed the pair of defeats to a combination of issues both defensively and offensively.
“(We’ve) simply conceded soft goals and also not taking our chances,” he said.
“That’s just the bottom line and I feel if we come on Saturday with a winning mentality and know the roles that Pez (Paul Pezos) has given us, we’ll get the three points on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Blue Eagles have been the revelation of the year after gaining promotion at the end of last season. They incredibly occupy first place and boast the stingiest defence in the competition, most recently edging Raiders 1-0.
Beric said if the Young Reds carry a strong mindset into the game there is no reason why they cannot secure the win.
“Obviously Blue Eagles are top of the table and playing very well,” he said.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but I believe if we come on Saturday and play our game… we’ll come away with the three points.”
The young talisman has been entrusted to lead the line of late and knows that he must be clinical whenever a chance presents itself.
“I feel like I’ve been playing relatively well, giving it my all for the team,” he continued.
“Obviously I just need to finish more of my chances that I get.
“If I get a lot, if I get a few. I just need to finish anything I can get.”
Adelaide United Youth host Adelaide Blue Eagles in Round 10 of the National Premier League 2019 season on Saturday, 18 May at VALO Football Centre – The Parks. Kick-off is at 3.00 PM.