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Halloran expecting “spectacle” against Victory

Ben Halloran spoke to media at Coopers Stadium ahead of the Reds' Remembrance Day match against Melbourne Victory.

Adelaide United forward, Ben Halloran, has voiced his excitement at the visit of Melbourne Victory to Coopers Stadium this Friday night.

Speaking to media at Coopers Stadium, Halloran described his expectations for the match against Victory, whilst also highlighting the significance of Remembrance Day and Craig Goodwin’s World Cup squad call-up.

Victory under lights:
“Everyone’s excited.

“It’s always a massive game (against Victory), especially a Friday night at Coopers (and) with the refurbishments that we’ve got here as well.

“Both teams are in good form, so we expect a good crowd.

“Friday night, under lights… It’s probably one of the best games of the season.

Ben Halloran training at Coopers Stadium.

“I think every time you play against Victory, it’s always a notch up in intensity and never fails to deliver.

“There’s always excitement in one way or another, whether it’s something controversial or a great goal or something.

“I think it’ll be a spectacle, as it always is.”

The importance of Remembrance Day:
“I think, aside from football, it’s very important to acknowledge and remember the great sacrifices that regular men and women have made in the past for us.

“We enjoy the way of life that we do today off the backs of these courageous people and it’s an important time to also recognise the contribution of First Nations men and women that sacrificed their lives, especially in the First and Second World War.

Richie Alagich, Ben Halloran, and Squadron Leader Ben Cowan launching Friday’s Remembrance Day matches at Coopers Staid on Tuesday afternoon.

“This was a time where they (First Nations men and women) weren’t even recognised as Australian citizens and thousands of indigenous people fought and died for this country too.

“So I think it’s a good time to also acknowledge all the people that sacrifice their life in this country.”

Why Goodwin’s World Cup call-up was a no-brainer:
“You just have to watch him play; he delivers week in week out.

“I don’t think he only deserves to be in the squad, but I think he could be starting at this World Cup.

“He’s in the best form of his life and thoroughly deserves to be in the squad.

“It’s (the World Cup) the pinnacle of football for players.

Craig Goodwin and Ben Halloran against Perth Glory in Round 4 at Coopers Stadium.

“To represent your country and play, arguably, in the biggest sporting event the world.

“It’s a massive honour.

“He thoroughly, thoroughly deserves it and we’re all very excited for him.”

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