While Christmas couldn't
come quick enough for most, Boxing Day can't come soon enough
for Adelaide United.
The A-League club is itching for its home fixture against
Brisbane Roar, hoping to put to rest their woeful 6-1 loss to
Western Sydney last Friday night.
"The boys are just wanting to play this game against Brisbane
as soon as possible," Reds captain Eugene Galekovic said.
"Obviously we were disappointed with the (Western Sydney)
result and on the training track this week was quite fiery
and the boys were willing to throw their bodies around.
"We just can't wait for Wednesday night."
Adelaide had let in just 10 goals in 11 games prior to the
Wanderers loss, with Galekovic uncertain why they copped six
to the league newcomers.
"It was one of those games where everything went wrong for
us," he said.
"We know we're better than that and we have just got to prove
it against Brisbane and improve a lot to be honest.
"You have got to show some respect to Western Sydney, they
are a very good team, very organised team, and we just didn't
know how to break them down and how to keep the ball."
Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey was also surprised by the Reds'
"If they would have lost 2-1, 3-1, then people would have
said 'oh OK' but 6-1 and everyone's taking notice of that,"
"It was out of character and I don't expect there will be any
problems with them backing up in terms of being at home in
front of a parochial crowd."
The Roar have their own problems with seven losses in 12
games in an off-key championship defence.
"I have got great belief in the playing staff here and as
I've said before we're just one or two degrees off," Mulvey
"The key is to get the first goal of the game and bring a bit
of confidence back in the team and the slick passing will
Galekovic was wary of Brisbane, describing the Roar was "very
"Brisbane is a very good team," Galekovic said.
"They're struggling at the moment in terms of results but
football-wise they're still a quality team."