Adelaide United midfielder Cameron Watson says the Reds are going through a bumpy patch at the moment, but they are confident of getting back to winning ways.
Josep Gombau's men went down at home 3-1 to Wellington Phoenix on New Year’s Eve, the club’s third loss in its past four A-League fixtures.
The Reds have slipped down to fourth on the ladder, following defeats to Brisbane and Newcastle, with the Phoenix moving into third spot and two points above them.
The South Australian club was missing several key players against Wellington including Eugene Galekovic on Asian Cup duty, Osama Malik, Marcelo Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira to injury, while both Nigel Boogaard and Tarek Elrich were unavailable because of suspension.
Adelaide won the inaugural FFA Cup, beating Perth Glory 1-0 on December 16, but Watson told FourFourTwo there has been no hangover from the final.
“(It’s) a little bump I’d say,” he said.
“I think throughout the course of the season you go through a patch like this. I don’t think a hangover was ever an excuse and wasn’t something we were looking to use.
“Injuries of course don’t help but it’s something teams have to deal with and we have a squad capable enough of winning games, no matter who is on the park.”
Adelaide dominated large parts of the match against the Phoenix, with 17 shots compared to nine by the Kiwi side.
They also enjoyed 58.6 per cent possession but conceded two goals from counter-attacks.
“The Wellington game was a bit of a rollercoaster ride,” Watson said.
“I thought we created enough chances to get something out of the game. They took their chances and credit to them”
Watson played in the unfamiliar role of centre back in his 100th appearance in the A-League.
The 27-year old was at fault for Wellington’s second goal when he turned the ball over in defence.
“It was something new playing at the back, which I felt comfortable in until I gifted them their second goal,” Watson said.
“I can’t give a reason for why I played that ball but it’s football and cruel at times. I just felt for the team because we had got back in the game at 1-1 and then I had a brain snap.
“It just shows that one littler error at the back can cost the team the game. For playing centre-back again, yeah I would any time. Playing my 100th A-League game for the club was great and probably something I’ll look back on later in life.”
Adelaide next face league leaders Perth at nib Stadium on Monday.
Watson believes the Reds are ready to improve their finishing and start scoring more goals.
“That’s probably the most frustrating part of our games,” he said.
“The fact that we have been controlling games and creating a lot of chances but not seeing as many goals as we would like. The boys up front have been amazing this year and I think it will click soon enough.
“Also, we have to stop giving teams goals, which will then help with the final result. As a group we are still confident about what we are doing and how we approach each game.
“We believe if we keep our mindset the same each game we will see the results come back.
“The Perth game, like any other, is of real importance. They are flying at the moment and to get three points over there before the Asian Cup break would be a massive bonus. We know if we can tick all the right boxes those three points can be ours.”comments