The Reds will look to bring in the New Year with the three points, according to Head Coach, Ivan Karlovic, as they travel to the capital to face Canberra United in Round 10 of the Westfield W-League on Sunday.
Adelaide United displayed one of their best performances of the year and were unfortunate to fall short against Sydney FC in a 1-2 thriller at Marden Sports Complex last week.
Their opponents for the upcoming match day, Canberra United, were also beaten by the Sky Blues. Rewinding to Round 8, it was a 3-0 masterclass for the Harbour City.
Karlovic said that lack of goals have been their downfall this season as they have been playing some impressive football, but the team has kept their heads held high.
“Bringing in the New Year with three points would definitely be nice and a win would be thoroughly deserved,” Karlovic said.
“Sydney FC are probably one of, if not, the best sides in the competition and I thought we completely dominated the game.
“A part from putting the ball into the back of the net, which has unfortunately been the story of our season.
“If you don’t score goals you don’t win games and I really felt for our players because they did everything but score.
“It’s almost been déja vu in so many games where we have played well and were unable to take our opportunities or luck has deserted us.
“But we’ll keep going and we are determined to finish off the season strongly and continue to improve off of last week’s performance.
“If we do that, there is no reason why we can’t win the remaining games.”
Karlovic believes that if they can take their opportunities against Canberra, they will top off everything else they have been doing correctly.
“Canberra United are a good side too, and it won’t be an easy match, away from home,” Karlovic continued.
“We are purely concentrating on ourselves and are hoping to continue to improve and take our opportunities.
“If we can do that and add to the football that we are currently playing, then we are a fair chance to get a result.”
Sydney FC Head Coach, Ante Juric, and Melbourne Victory’s Jeff Hopkins, had praised the Reds’ footballing abilities, which Karlovic said are great signs.
“After our matches they had both come up to me and praised our team and our performance.
“I believe that things will only get better from here and if we continue to play our football, the goals will come.”
Adelaide United will travel to McKellar Park to face Canberra United on Sunday, 7 January 2018. Kick-off is TBC due to warm weather - the FFA are due to advise a new kick-off time on Thursday.