Goodwin confident ahead of Victory derby


Craig Goodwin says Adelaide United will take every precaution possible, as they prepare to face rivals Melbourne Victory on Friday night at Adelaide Oval.

But the Reds newest signing says a short turnaround from playing against Brisbane Roar on Sunday is no excuse for not being ready to face Victory, as the Hyundai A-League fixtures have been known for some time.

“I think we’ll be ready. It’s a big game and it’s our derby so everyone’s looking forward to it,” said Goodwin.

“It was a fantastic result to beat (Brisbane) on the opening day, but because it’s such a short turnaround we can’t think to much about the win.

“We have to focus on Melbourne Victory and it’s going to be a very tough game. Everyone saw how they went, winning 4-1, but we just have to do our best to prepare during the week.”

Goodwin said that although he is new to the club he won’t need to be educated on the importance and magnitude of the fixture because, being from South Australia, he’s experienced the game from a supporters perspective many times.

“Being a local boy, I’ve sat in the stands and watched these games quite often, so I know what it’s all about and I’m sure all of the other guys do as well.

“There is a bit of added spice to it, but hopefully there will be a big crowd to support us and help to make it a good occasion for us all.”

The 22-year-old said that although other prominent A-League derbies, like Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City and Central Coast vs Newcastle, are significant in their own right, none of them have the history that Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory has.

“We’ve got the team to (beat Melbourne) and we obviously played well against Brisbane. Considering that Friday will be a home game, we will look to control the game and create lots of chances.

“During preseason we played them and lost 1-0, but we controlled the game and looked strong. We need to stay tight defensively, but continue to create opportunities, which is key for us to come away with three points.”

“It’s definitely going to be a tough game, but we’re all up for it and we’re ready to go.”

Adelaide United take on Melbourne Victory on Friday 17 October 2014, at Adelaide Oval in Round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season. Kick-off is at 7:10pm ACDT. To purchase tickets, click here.