Delianov lays out the reason for the win against the Wanderers

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Rising goalkeeper James Delianov was instrumental in Adelaide United’s 3-2 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers and says he focused on remaining calm.

Despite a frantic finish to the game with three goals scored in the final 30-minutes, Delianov was able to keep a clear head and pull off several match-defining saves.

“I was just trying to be in the moment, trying to keep everyone calm and dig deep to stick out the win,” he said. 

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With the amount of saves he made, it would be natural to think Delianov felt the pressure during the final moments of the clash. 

However, the young goalkeeper had a response that would surprise many when asked whether he felt the late-game pressure.

“Not really. I was happy that I could make the saves I did and bring home the three points,” he said.

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Delianov’s calm presence was not the only thing that helped him remain grounded in the late stages of Saturday’s game.

Adelaide’s number one was also asked if his confidence increased throughout his five save outing against the Wanderers.

“Yes, I think every player gains confidence in particular moments that happen in a football match,” Delianov explained.

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He continued and said his side’s belief in one another had helped them maintain a consistent and positive mindset.

“Like I’ve said, we all believe in each other and you have to be confident as a footballer,” Delianov said.

“We go in there with the same mentality every time.”  

The composed youngster currently leads the league with 41 saves and will be eager to continue his form when the Reds take on the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. 

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.
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