Reds can copy Victory fortunes

The first eight weeks of the season may not have gone to script, but Dario Vidosic has identified the example of rivals Melbourne Victory as a sign of how quickly things can turn around.

The first eight weeks of the season may not have gone to script for Adelaide United supporters, but Dario Vidosic has identified the example of fellow league heavyweights Melbourne Victory as a sign of how quickly things can turn around.

Just a week ago, the Victory was under pressure after winning just one of their opening seven games despite the fact that they had only suffered one loss. Then last weekend, they won a five goal thriller at home and in the process launched themselves into third position on the table. What a difference three points can make.

Heading into Friday night-s game with the Central Coast Mariners, the Reds find themselves somewhat in the same boat. United is undefeated in its past four games, but following an unconvincing scoreless draw with Newcastle, the Reds need and would like nothing more than to clock up a victory to repay the faith of the fans.

In a competition as closely contested as the Hyundai A-League, a win can suddenly see a team find themselves well inside the top half of the table as well as gaining a major confidence boost.

This is something Vidosic well realises, and although he is sidelined with a fracture in his back, he has a high degree of optimism and belief the Reds can record a win over the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night at Hindmarsh Stadium and have them right back in contention.

“I think it (morale) is still good. We know we haven-t been playing the best football but if you look at Melbourne Victory, they had all that, then they had a win and now they-re third, so it can all change in one week and we-ll be looking at doing the same sort of thing,” Vidosic said.

“It-s a long season, every week you-ve got a chance to make things right, make things better and that-s definitely what we-ll be trying to do on Friday night.”

“We didn-t play well (last Friday) but we drew nil-all with a quality team and I don-t think they had many chances either, so once it starts coming together and we have a bit of luck with the injuries, then I think everything will be fine.”

Notably heading into the weekend, United sits only two points off third spot and Vidosic knows there is no better way for the Reds to silence any doubters and relieve some of the pressure than to be in front on the scoreboard at the final whistle.

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