Goodwin relieved after draw, hails Bernardo

Craig Goodwin

Adelaide United winger Craig Goodwin admits he was relieved to come away with a point after a frustrating performance against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

The Reds were far from their best but did fightback to secure a 1-1 draw after Bernardo’s 92nd minute header extinguished Gael Sandoval’s first-half opener.

Goodwin was satisfied to collect a draw with Adelaide on the brink of suffering a second straight loss.

“Obviously a bit of a relief to get the goal back and get the draw,” Goodwin told Paramount+ following the contest.

“But overall a frustrating performance.”

The 30-year-old lauded Bernardo’s impact after the half-time substitute scored his debut goal for the Club.

Son of Reds legend, Cássio, the 17-year-old became the third youngest goal-scorer in United’s history behind Mohamed Toure and Nestory Irankunda.

The winger has enjoyed a breakout campaign, now featuring 14 times this season since his arrival in April last year.

“He’s been exciting,” he claimed.

“Coming in for the pre-season, he’s had games this year where he’s done really well.

“Still a bit raw and still learning, but fantastic for him to score his first goal and hopefully he can kick on.”