Goodwin: Rough start fuelling Reds' rise

Reds in-form winger, Craig Goodwin, says the key to Adelaide’s continued march up the A-League ladder is to keep their feet on the ground.  

Adelaide United are flying high after a 12-game unbeaten run.

And it was Goodwin’s mazy run through the middle of the field last week that helped set up Bruce Kamau’s winner against Melbourne Victory for the first time in three years.

In the process the 23-year-old speedster suffered a sickening head knock and concussion.

Goodwin back in training

Goodwin only returned to light duties for the Reds on Tuesday but is in Adelaide’s squad to play Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Despite his team’s red-hot form, Goodwin says the club is not focusing on end of season honours but just taking each match on its merits.

It’s not something that we’ve really discussed as such as a club,” he said.

“It’s a bit clichéd but we have just taking it one game at a time and that’s really the way we’ve gone about it.

“We’ve just put all the things that are coming in a few weeks at the back of the mind and just purely focused on the one week and then go to the next week.

“We just have to keep our feet on the ground and keep level headed. I think that is the only way we are going to be able to push on and try and get that first or second spot.”

Goodwin agreed that coupled with the win against Victory last week a positive result against Brisbane at home on Saturday night will put a marker down for the rest of the league.

“For sure,” he said. “We’ve been on this great run and we just want to try and continue it.

“We’ve been working hard in training and if you can beat Brisbane at home then that will obviously push us further up the table and catch Brisbane.”

Goodwin gave credit to United head coach Guillermo Amor for the team’s run of form after the Barcelona legend made a big call to drop Marcelo Carrusca to the bench earlier in the season.

“We all had a slow start and the coach has helped us turn that around,” he said.

“The fact that we’d gone eight games without a win (at the start of the season) it’s given everyone that taste and that bitter disappointment and we don’t really want to go through that again. 

Goodwin admitted being pushed higher up the pitch is a move he favours. 

“For me personally my preferred position is to play as winger,” he said.

“I also can play left back which I don’t mind doing as well. But anywhere I can get a game I am happy with. But also this year it’s been a bit different for me playing on the right which I’ve really enjoyed as well and it’s something that has helped my game a lot to progress.”

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.