Making his Reds debut in an Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory clash has Dario Vidosic hoping that all of the Reds’ home games will follow a similar script this season.
Making his Reds debut in an Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory clash has Dario Vidosic hoping that all of the Reds- home games will follow a similar script this season.
Last season Adelaide United fans were voted the Hyundai A-League-s best and Vidosic witnessed them first hand on Friday night and can see why they were named number one. Having had a vocal home crowd to generate energy from and knowing how exciting the atmosphere at Hindmarsh Stadium can be, Vidosic is keen to experience more of the same this Saturday night against Sydney FC in the league-s Rivalry Round.
“It was definitely good in front of a full house in front of our fans, it was unbelievable, especially getting the victory as well,” Vidosic recalls of last Friday-s win over the Victory.
“But now we-ve put that behind us, it was a good confidence builder but we know we can play a lot better and we-re looking forward to hopefully again getting a packed house against Sydney.”
“For us it-s always phenomenal to have fans like that. They helped us, they were our 12th man and they pushed us all the way to the 90th minute and we definitely want them all to come back and create that same atmosphere against Sydney FC and make it a very hostile crowd and tough for teams to come and play against us.”
A crowd of just over 14,500 greeted Vidosic as he walked out of the tunnel for his Hyundai A-League debut as a Red. Introduced straight into one of the biggest domestic rivalries in Australian sport and faced with high expectations as Adelaide United-s new number 10, the number previously worn by last season-s Johnny Warren medallist Marcos Flores, one could not blame Vidosic if he made a nervy start.
But the Qantas Socceroos midfielder appeared anything but nervous and could arguably not have asked for a better first up performance to put any doubters questioning his quality at ease.
Vidosic seemingly thrived when the heat was on during a frenetic contest as he constantly worried Melbourne-s defence with darting runs into dangerous areas and a liveliness that was lacking in the Reds- season opener against Perth.
Asked if he felt any added pressure to perform, Vidosic replied, “Not at all, I think that-s what you play football for. You always want to go out and play your best and the boys helped me a lot.”
“I got into some good positions and they found me there and I just did what I like to do and that-s take on players and try to cause some problems.”
“There were some things I was disappointed about but I think in time that will only get better once I get back on the ball. I didn-t train too much before the start of the season and didn-t put too many weeks together consecutively, so touch wood everything stays fine and injury free not only for me but the team because then I think we-re going to see better performances.”
Despite a disrupted pre season and limited game time leading up to the season, Vidosic was by no means out of his depth against Melbourne, his pace, decision making and skill on the ball a feature in the 1-0 win. He also found himself in a number of promising goal scoring positions and while he did not find the back of the net last Friday, he is eager to start bobbing up on the score sheet.
“Hopefully on Saturday there will be a few goals at the end,” Vidosic said.
“Like I said, I was disappointed with a few of the chances I had and should have done better, but it was only week 2 and hopefully next week I can bury a few (goals) along the way.”
Gauging on his performance last Friday night, his first goal for the club is likely to come sooner rather than later.