Cracking effort Adelaide but Gombau wants more

Adelaide United know beating Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup last night won’t count for much when the two sides meet in the opening round of the A-League.

The Reds dispatched the Roar comfortably 2-0 in the Round of 16 match at a wet Coopers Stadium to advance to the quarter-finals.

A tap-in from Bruce Djite and a second-half header from Sergio Cirio was enough for Adelaide United to advance.

The club also faces defending champions Brisbane in its opening A-League match at Suncorp Stadium in just over two weeks.

On Tuesday night the Roar were without skipper Matt Smith and goalkeeper Michael Theo and the Reds are keen not to get ahead of themselves.

“It’s always good to win games no matter who you play,” Adelaide midfielder Cameron Watson told FourFourTwo.

“We know Brisbane are a quality side and will be hard to beat this season. You can’t read too much into the game.

“However, winning and progressing through was good for our preparation for the season opener.”

Watson said reaching the quarter-finals of the FFA Cup has given the club a buzz.

“The boys played well,” he said.

“Playing a different formation (3-4-3) against a very good Brisbane was going to be tough but I thought the boys controlled a lot of the game.

“We’ve been working on a few things during pre-season. Josep seemed happy but is always wanting more which we are used to.

“Making the quarters has a sent a bit of buzz as we are now a step closer to the final. Winning any cup is an achievement but the inaugural one would be special.”

Adelaide United will take on Sydney FC away in the FFA Cup next month. Watson admits an all-South Australian tie against Adelaide City would have been interesting.

“Sydney will be another tough game especially playing over there,” the 27-year old said.

“They have been doing well and will be tough to beat under (Graham) Arnold (but) it would have been nice to play Adelaide City.

“It would have been a good spectacle for Adelaide football but maybe we can meet in the next round.”

Watson was sidelined for the win over Brisbane with a broken toe, but remains confident he will be right for the start of the new A-League campaign.

“I had the pin removed two weeks ago,” the midfielder said. “Just a comfort thing now to monitor before I can begin training again.”