Carrusca lining up faltering Jets

After a poor start to the season, Adelaide United’s midfield maestro Marcelo Carrusca said bagging a third win in a row away to the Newcastle Jets on Friday night is crucial to getting the Reds' season back on track.

Adelaide United remained winless after the first eight games of the season however last week’s dramatic 2-1 home win against Sydney FC gave the Reds consecutive wins for the first time this A-League season.

Carrusca said the winless start to the season was a result of new coach Guillermo Amor and the players needing time to get to know each other’s methods.

“We couldn’t win the first eight games but this is normal,” Carrusca said.

“This happened with us when Josep Gombau came here in his first season.

"When this kind of situation happens when new coaches are involved it’s difficult. You have to know the coach and the coach has to know us. How we are thinking and how we play and this is not easy to do.

“This is a process, we have played the eight games now and now we are winning and we understand more what he wants inside the pitch so I hope this doesn’t stop.”

Carrusca is in his fourth season for the Reds and during that time has been a regular starter for United.

But this season the Argentinian import has either started from the bench (three games) or been replaced early (five games) in eight out of 10 games. 

After not starting the previous three games, Carrusca has put in a full shift in his last two appearances, scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot against Sydney.

Carrusca denied that he has been injured this season and that his substitute appearances have been a result of Amor’s tactical structure.

“I always feel well to be honest,” he said.

“I was working well. The coach made a decision. I understand that but I didn’t feel bad before. I was working like always. I try to do my best for the team. The last two games I have been lucky to score in both games and I helped the team and this is the most important."

Even though the Reds have won their last two and the Jets have suffered two losses in a row, Carrusca disagreed that it was a good time to play the out of form Jets on Friday.

“It’s difficult to say that,” he said. “Because they have lost they will want to win more than ever.

"It’s going to be another difficult game away from home. They have been playing much better than last year so it’s going to be difficult. Of course we are thinking that we are good enough to beat them but we know they have good players also."

Carrusca added: “We have been talking all this week that we have to carry on this performance and carry on with this way and try to win again and get used to winning again. This is one of the most important things in football.

“If you lose many games you start to think and you have to clear your mind that you are a good player, not a bad player. I have confidence in this team, I believe in this team and we need to start to think like this and be positive.

“I know that we have a good squad, good players now we are on a roll to have three wins in a row would be very important for us.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.