Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite says his teammates are full of belief in a title challenge following Sunday’s comfortable 4-2 win over Central Coast Mariners.
The Reds overcame an early deficit to see off the Mariners and leapfrog Western Sydney Wanderers into second spot.
Despite missing an opportunity to give their goal difference a considerable boost, Djite is confident in his side’s ability to push for a second Hyundai A-League premiership.
“The belief is always there. Maybe (it was) a bit harder to convince everyone earlier on in the season but it’s certainly there now,” Djite told Fox Sports after the match.
“Goal difference might be a factor and I certainly feel we could have won by a greater margin tonight which is a little disappointing.
“Nonetheless the points are important and (the result) puts us right in the mix for the next two games.”
After falling behind early at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide burst two goals clear of the Mariners at half-time courtesy of goals from Djite, Isaias and Stefan Mauk.
Djite’s 30th goal for the club moved him equal with Travis Dodd as United’s leading all-time scorer, although the centre-forward denied knowledge of the statistic.
“I had no idea. Speedy (Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed) told me before the game,” the 29-year-old said.
“Travis Dodd, what a fantastic ambassador for the club and player in his time.
“It’s an honour just to be on his level.”