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Goodwin delighted with win, brace and Socceroos call-up

Craig Goodwin
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Craig Goodwin says the most important thing was getting the win after scoring a brace in a 3-1 victory over Brisbane Roar.

Conditions were unsurprisingly humid at Moreton Daily Stadium with Goodwin admitting it is always a difficult trip to come away with the three points.

“I think the weather is quite different to Adelaide,” he told Paramount+ in a post-game interview.

“We’ve been training in something that’s quite dry and here it’s always humid so really zaps the energy out of us.”

Goodwin continued his impressive run of form in front goal, adding two more to his season tally of six in all competitions.

The 30-year-old calmly dispatched a first-half penalty, before emphatically steering a finish into the bottom corner on his weaker foot on 85 minutes to seal a vital win.

The winger is also on the brink of creating history as he is currently two goals shy of equalling the Club’s all-time leading scorer Bruce Djite, who scored on 41 occasions.

“Very happy with the return,” Goodwin stated, who has scored 39 goals in 120 Reds appearances.

“Obviously, last week I missed from the spot, so I was disappointed with that.

“So happy to get back on the scoresheet, but the most important thing for us was the three points.

“That’s our second win and we have to build on that.”

Goodwin spoke about how crucial it was to claim a triumph in the context of their season, having played out five stalemates from their opening eight matches prior to Sunday night.

“I think we have performed well, but we haven’t been as clinical in the final third at crucial times,” he said.

“So it’s cost us I think a lot of points. We’ve drawn a lot of games, so this was important.”

Goodwin’s scintillating form to begin 2022 caught the attention of Socceroos boss Graham Arnold.

The ex-Sparta Rotterdam forward has consequently been called-up for pivotal FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman in Melbourne and Muscat respectively.

“Really happy to be back involved with the Socceroos,” he said, after his first national team selection since 2019.

“I got injured at the end of last season, that was disappointing.

“So now I’m really happy with my form and hopefully I can do something special there.”

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