Reds look to take winning form into New Year

Having recorded a morale boosting win, defender Jon McKain is hopeful it will spur the Reds on to more similar results throughout the festive season and into 2014.

Having recorded a morale boosting win, defender Jon McKain is hopeful it will spur the Reds on to more similar results throughout the festive season and into 2014.

The Reds had been huffing and puffing without luck in previous weeks in search of their first win since Round 1, and it finally all came together on Saturday in a 4-0 rout of the Central Coast Mariners, a team Adelaide United had not beaten since 2009.

McKain, who marshalled United-s defence to its first clean sheet of the season, admits the frustration had been building amongst the squad with the fact they had been playing good football but not reaping the rewards. But following the Reds- biggest ever win over the Mariners, McKain is optimistic of it triggering a roll on effect.

“There has been a lot of talk about pressure and things like that, but as a playing group we haven-t really felt pressure, we-ve just been a bit frustrated really,” McKain said.

“We-ve been playing ok in patches and really well at other times, just not getting the results or the ball to fall our way.”

“So it-s a good start 4-0, from my point of view the three points and the clean sheet were the most important things, and we go to Perth with a bit of confidence.”

Adelaide United heads to Perth in the knowledge it has picked up four points out of a possible six in their two encounters against the Glory this season, their last meeting at nib Stadium back in Round 6 ending in a 1-1 result.

While the win over the Mariners caused reason to celebrate, McKain sent a blunt reminder that the Reds could now ill-afford to rest on their laurels after one positive result, the true measure to be whether they can follow it up with a string of victories.

“We-ve been building and building and hopefully now we can continue on,” McKain said.

“It doesn-t stop here. We-ve got the little monkey off our back so to speak, so we need to go on with it and continue a run of form over the Christmas period and building up into the New Year.”

To hear what else McKain had to say, click on the video link above.