Stalling Adelaide hope home run can turn the tide before season’s end

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As the season ends its near, Adelaide United must find their feet if they are to avoid slipping out of the top six.

Only six points seperate Adelaide from seventh-placed Central Coast Mariners. Salvaging a single point from their last three outings, it may be problematic for United with such a tight ladder and only six games remaining.

Their most recent loss at the hands of Central Coast proved their third-place sitting is by no means secure.

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United coach Carl Veart isn’t yet worried about the circumstances with his side to play five of their last six games at home.

“We’ve got six games remaining and five of them are at home. We know we are very strong side at home and have great support,” said Veart.

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Although not worried, Veart will be without suspended goalkeeper Joe Gauci for next Saturday’s clash with Melbourne Victory.

Gauci’s red card is Adelaide’s third of the season and Veart believes his men are being hard done by VAR decisions.

“We had a similar situation two weeks ago where the closest player was 25 metres away but it never got looked at,” Veart said.

“It seems to be a story issue with VAR and we just can’t get in the right side of it. That’s eight or nine occasions now.”

Gauci’s exit paved the way for 17-year-old goalkeeper Steven Hall to showcase his talents as a future threat for strikers in only his second match.

Hall’s efforts on Saturday night didn’t truly reflect United’s 3-0 loss to Central Coast. The 17-year-old kept Mariners at bay for most of the game with some incredible saves.

“Stephen is a great young kid and to come on situations like this is difficult,” Veart said.

“He did well and made some good saves, so he did well for a young kid.”

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Adelaide’s squad was boosted with the return of captain Craig Goodwin from Covid-19 isolation, coming off the bench.

After missing out on Socceroos selection because of isolation, his eagerness to get back onto the pitch showed on Saturday night.

Goodwin’s leadership never died despite the result, rallying his troops and constantly featuring around the ball.

This mentality will be a must if Adelaide are to hold their finals positioning.

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Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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