Craig Goodwin bounces back to his best

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Craig Goodwin has shot himself back into form after a dominant performance against Wellington Phoenix. 

Goodwin’s class has never come into question, but after five games this A-League Men season, Goodwin found himself without a goal or an assist to his name.  

The attacker was in desperate need of a confidence booster, and a 4-0 win over Phoenix proved to be exactly that. 

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“Goodwin is a great player, we know that. But he is a confidence player,” United’s manager Carl Veart said post-game on Goodwin. 

Against the Nix, Goodwin was responsible for the first real attack on goal as his left footed half volley deflected off George Blackwood and found itself in the back of the net.  

It was the perfect start for Goodwin and the Reds. 

Not long into the second halfGoodwin was the beneficiary of a controversial VAR penalty as Blackwood was dragged down in the box by Tim Payne. 

Goodwin made no mistake against teenage goalkeeper Alexander Paulsen as he sent him the wrong way.  

Goodwin’s prolific night continued, as only 15 minutes later he found himself back at the penalty spot. This time thanks to a bit of Bernardo Oliveira magic inside the box.

And yet again, Goodwin made no mistake as he sent Paulsen the wrong way for the second time.

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“That type of performance will get him back to his best, where he was all last year,” Veart said post game.

The Reds now have their first win on the board, an in form Goodwin and a newly reconfigured forward line, which should have United fans excited.

“We just haven’t been getting enough numbers into the box, and we’ve been crossing from positions where we didn’t want to really cross the ball. We worked and concentrated a lot on that,” Veart said.

“Tonight I think we got into better areas and some of our delivery was better, but we’re still going to work on that area.”

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Adelaide now face the tough task of playing two games within seven days, both against their bitter rival Melbourne Victory.

“We will play some of our younger players on Wednesday night,” Veart said.

“We’ve got some players that will be sore after this game because of the tough conditions. So we’ll be rotating our squad for Wednesday night.”

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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