Adelaide United midfielder Cameron Watson says playing their elimination final with Brisbane at Adelaide Oval might be a positive move after already losing to the Roar twice this season at Coopers Stadium.
The Roar defeated the Reds 3-2 at Coopers on April 11 and also beat the home team on December 14, securing a 1-0 victory away.
Adelaide edged the Queensland side 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium in round one, and the decision to play Friday’s elimination final away from the Reds’ normal ground has caused a fair amount of debate.
“Getting away from Coopers might be a good thing, but I think they’re just little details that everyone reads (too much) into,” Watson said.
“We know (Roar) quite well, the same goes for them, and at the end of the day we’re confident we can get the result and get the job done. We’ve just got to make sure we tick all the boxes and do the things that we need to do to get over the line.
“Coopers is very close and obviously a boutique stadium, we love that. Especially when we’re on top of teams and we can feel the energy coming from our home supporters.
“I think that’s the only downside playing at Adelaide Oval. (But) I think the ground will be really good, the AFL has started and they don’t have to worry about it being too short for the cricket. I don’t think the surface will be a problem, it should be in tip-top condition.”
Adelaide United will go into the finals on the back of a promising 4-1 thrashing of Melbourne City.
“I think form’s the big thing, whether it’s against the one team that you mightn’t have had results against in the past,” Watson said.
“But the boys put in a good performance on the weekend and Brisbane are doing well also, in the Champions League, and the back end of the season.
“In terms of the past results, especially this season, I don’t think it’s going to worry us.
“The same goes for them, even though they’ve probably had the upper hand over us in the last couple of games. I don’t think they’ll go into it being complacent. I think the stage is set for a really good game and finals as well.
“The tempo goes up a couple of notches as well because everything’s on the line and it should make for a good final.”
The Reds’ victory over Melbourne City was their fourth win in their past five matches.
“It was a really good result,” Watson said.
“We changed formation as well in the game which perhaps surprised a couple of people, but it ended up working. Everyone who played did their job and it was good to see a couple of different goal scorers.
“It shows we share the load and everyone’s doing their bit and doing their jobs, whether they’re playing from the start or coming off the bench.”
The 27-year old scored his first-ever goal in the A-League in the rout of Melbourne City, after 105 appearances in the competition. Watson scored from the penalty spot, and was forced to take it twice after the Reds encroached, to finally break his drought.
“It was good,” he admitted.
“It’d be nice if it counted as a double. I was pretty grateful and I was happy to put it away for the second time. It was a big relief and I’ve got to try and keep going.
“Try and get a couple more, why not? If I can score one more goal between the final and not score again, I’d be happy with that.”comments