A campaign that started with such hesitation and negativity has quickly developed into an inspiring success story.

Fueled by a collective resilience, Adelaide United has risen from the ashes to remarkably find themselves just seven points behind the current leaders after sitting bottom just some months ago.

Once incapable of the ordinary, United is now producing the extraordinary on a regular basis with a style of football that has captivated South Australia once more.

“The general mood and feeling is so positive right now around the club”, a euphoric Craig Goodwin explained.

“From where we were at the start of the season to where we are right now…things are obviously going amazing and it’s been a very good improvement”.

The mid-season revival has not only brought victories and success to Adelaide; it’s made all aspects of life enjoyable for the players.

“Training has been so much fun…I always enjoy training no matter what but it is certainly more enjoyable when you are winning compared to losing.

“Your social life is also more enjoyable as well when you have been winning because your whole life revolves around football.

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“So when you’re winning games and playing well…it just makes you a happier person to be around”.

Adelaide’s improvement has come from many sources but perhaps none more important than Craig Goodwin himself.

The left footed dynamo has produced an outstanding season, highlighted by his mesmerizing speed and crossing ability.

The freakish athlete ranks fourth for crosses this season, sixth for shots at goal and has scored on four occasions.

Goodwin said confidence and maturity were major reasons for his blistering form.

“Confidence is very important and I certainly have a lot of confidence in myself.

“When people around you have confidence in you…you strive more.

“I feel at Adelaide everyone has great belief in me and that has helped me more than anything else”.

Adelaide is currently the most in form side in the competition however it wasn’t too long ago that the club found themselves on their knees, submerged to the bottom of the A-League table.

A 2-1 defeat in late November to rivals Melbourne Victory condemned the Reds to a dismal 0-3-5 record, piling the pressure on the embattled club.

Fans were angrily calling for Amor’s head while many began boycotting Adelaide home games.

Reflecting on that moment, Goodwin admitted that although times were tough everyone remained determined and motivated to turn the season around.

Belief remained strong at Adelaide United.

“We were disappointed to come away with the loss (against Victory) and were disappointed with how things were going… But during that period of consistent losses we weren’t really worried or saying things like “my god how is this happening”…The attitude was very strong and we knew we were going to turn it around.

“I think it was only a matter of time before we adjusted to Amor’s game style and started to pick up results.

“Obviously things have now clicked and we have turned a corner.”

While an on field catastrophe was certainly evident during this period, Goodwin revealed that off field, there was great harmony and togetherness about the players and the club.

“The whole environment was so positive…the only negative was the disappointment of the results.

“I can’t remember any negative training session or environment during that period.

“There were no bust ups or finger pointing…we all knew that if we stuck together we would come out together”.

And come out together they most certainly have.

Since the Victory defeat on the 28th November 2015 Adelaide United are yet to lose a football match, producing a 6-2-0 win/draw/loss record.

The goals have flowed while the defence has tightened, enabling this unbelievable revival.

With 11 weeks of regular football to play and then finals, the question must now be asked; how far can this Adelaide United team go?

Could all the energy being exerted into this revival see the players tire ending the journey here?

Or could the revival be the start of something a whole lot more substantial?

Craig Goodwin was certainly optimistic about the Reds’ future endeavors and the possibility of claiming that elusive prize.

“After the start we had things were certainly looking a bit bleak…but we have been excellent since and things are now clicking.

“We have a good squad and a lot of belief and I think if we continue this form we can produce something special… but it’s about keeping this momentum and trying to improve ourselves and just trying to push on with what we’ve done so far.

“Winning the A-League would certainly be a dream though”.

The best part for Adelaide United is, this dream is still a possibility.

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Third year Journalism student at the University of South Australia and the current Adelaide Utd Intern at TFS. Love football and support Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL. Twitter: @Juciist