Bruce Djite believes his Adelaide United side will be wary coming into their clash with the hurting Newcastle Jets this weekend.
Djite, who rediscovered his scoring boots in the Reds own thumping of Brisbane Roar, believes sides who are beaten thoroughly - like Newcastle's 6-1 loss to Perth Glory - often bounce back.
“For me, I’m not to keen to come up against teams that were flattened the week before because it means they’re going to have a long week to iron out all the issues they had,” Djite explained.
“They’re going to try and bounce back and it’s going to be a very difficult game this week, (it could potentially be) one of the most difficult games we have this season.
“We’ve played them twice already and they’ve both been nil-all draws, so we haven’t even scored against them yet.
“But they’ll be without Nigel Boogaard, who’s suspended for the game, which is great for us, but we won’t take them lightly and we have to make sure we’re as in good form, if not better form than what we were against Brisbane to make sure we get all three points at home.”
Adelaide find themselves in the enviable position of being eight games unbeaten, a run that has catapulted them into the top six.
However, Djite only just found his form with the football, however he claims his morale never dipped during the lean spell.
“It was a fantastic result for the team and to keep the momentum that we’ve had in the last couple of months,” he said.
“It was good to get a couple of goals as well.
“After the game, a few people were asking if my confidence was down (before I scored on the weekend), but it never dropped.
Djite added: “Guillermo (Amor) kept picking me in the team and I felt like my general play was quite good, but it’s obviously fantastic to get the end result at the end of the day.
“The goals have started to come more regularly and we’ve scored two or three goals often in games. That’s good for us and the defence is tight as well, which makes us very difficult to beat at the moment, but, having said that, we have to keep it going.”comments