Reds feeling confident but not complacent says Mileusnić


Adelaide United’s excellent form has seen them climb into third place on the Hyundai A-League table.

The Reds have collected maximum points from their last four matches and Nikola Mileusnić is confident that can continue against Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

The 26-year-old said there is a real sense of self-belief within the group which has been reinforced by the fact their recent performances have indeed translated into victories.

“It’s always good to be confident going into games,”Mileusnić said in a press conference.

“We now believe what we do on the pitch is really translating with results and we all know that we can’t get complacent.

“We’re all working hard on the training pitch and really trying hard to translate what the coach wants and we’re still learning and still have improvement to do.

“But over the last four games we’ve shown we know how to win games and that momentum will helps us going into this game on Sunday.”

But while feeling confident, he acknowledged Wellington’s improve displays over the last two games.

“Definitely expecting a tough game, like every game in the A-League,” he said.

“We know it’s always going to be tough and the minimum we can give is 100 per cent of our effort and then we let the rest take its course.

“What we plan during the week we’ll try to implement in the game and we hope that will be enough to get the three points.”

Gertjan Verbeek has implemented an attacking philosophy which has seen the Reds play entertaining, free-flowing football since his arrival.

The Dutchman’s style has already seen the team lift the FFA Cup 2019 trophy, as well as yielding nine goals during their current winning streak.

Mileusnić said there is always room for improvement in perfecting the boss’ game plan and revealed as a forward he has relished playing with more freedom.

“It’s always hard when you get something new and try and learn it,” he stated.

“But for me I’m enjoying it, I feel like it’s a bit more attacking than we were last year and we have a bit more freedom up front, and I think it’s working quite well.”

Adelaide United host Wellington Phoenix in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on Sunday, 1 December at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 5.30pm ACDT. Gates open at 4.30pm. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.