Adelaide captain Galekovic hails defence in resurgence

Adelaide United captain Eugene Galekovic believes his team’s recent resurgence was inspired by improvements in defence.

The Reds are on a seven game unbeaten run and, after overcoming Perth Glory 3-1 at the weekend, have moved into the A-League top six for the first time this season.

A slow start had many critics asking whether coach Guillermo Amor could be one of the first coaches to be sacked.

Galekovic conceded that they have no excuse as to why the Reds started the campaign so slowly.

“I’m not sure, it’s hard to put a finger on it,” Galekovic said.

“We were conceding a lot of goals even though we were scoring. We were scoring two goals in a game but we were conceding four.  We weren’t giving ourselves a chance.

“We’ve had five clean sheets in the last six or seven games and now we’re giving ourselves a chance to win games. That’s the main thing and hopefully that continues.

"We’re starting to play some good football and the results are coming. Hopefully we keep climbing the table.”

Since the return of their captain in round seven, the Reds have collected 14 points from a possible 21.  But Galekovic insists it’s he is not the sole reason to United’s change in fortunes.

“As individuals we are getting better and gaining that form and playing at a better standard,” Galekovic said.

“If you look at every individual player I think we could say at the start of the season everyone was down on their form.

“We have a young defender in Dylan McGowan doing a great job. We believe that we defend from the front and we attack from the back and - that’s where we start.

“Whoever has been our number nine has been doing a great job when we don’t have the ball and when we start our attacks it starts at the back so I think everyone is playing a part.”

Galekovic also added that the team hasn’t veered that far away from the playbook of previous coach Josep Gombau

“To be fair the way we play is in a very similar way to how Gombau was coaching us,” Galekovic said.

“There really isn’t much difference. We haven’t been as fluent as we’d like, compared to last season.

"I’m not sure of the actual reason, but it just seemed so fluent last year. We created a lot of chances and we believe that will still come.”