Ben Halloran desperate for Adelaide to hold onto belief

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Two teams on opposites side of the form chart meet on Friday night when Adelaide United host Central Coast Mariners at Cooper Stadium.

With three consecutive losses, the Reds are struggling to make a mark on this season’s competition and live up to the potential that their dangerous forward line suggests they have in them.

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Central Coast on the other hand are flying high: plucky underdogs on top of the table and in good form having won their previous three matches.

With their recent 4-0 loss to Macarthur FC fresh on their minds, Ben Halloran is desperate to hold onto the belief that Adelaide had at the start of the season.

“When you lose a game you don’t want to dwell on it, you want the next game to come as quick as possible,” said Halloran.

“When you lose a couple of games sometimes you lose that belief. We need to draw on the good performances we had at the start of the season and go out there with confidence.

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“If you look at a team like Central Coast, they’ve got so much belief at the moment. I think it’ll come down to belief and that’s what we need to draw on.”

While their recent form paints a worrying picture coming into the match against the league’s in-form team, all hope is not lost with Adelaide boasting quite an impressive home record.

Despite the Reds languishing in eighth position, their home form has been one of the best in the league with only a single loss to go with a pair of wins. Add in a potential tactical revamp and Adelaide players and fans alike may see a glimmer of hope ahead of kick-off.

“We’re working a lot more this week on tactics and understanding what we need to do out on the pitch,” said Halloran.

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“Losing three games in a row, and how we lost them wasn’t good enough but it’s important to stick together and not point fingers or make any excuses. We’re the ones who are going to turn it around and I think we’re capable of doing that.”

Based on the United midfielder’s comments, the team is optimistic about Friday night’s showdown with the Mariners and believe they can regain the momentum they generated at the start of the season.

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.