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Isaías: We needed this kind of game

Adelaide United secured a 4-0 rout over Wellington Phoenix on New Year’s Day and it was a result they so desperately needed according to Isaías.

The Spanish maestro was ever-present in midfield as the Reds snapped a five-match winless run to begin the Isuzu UTE A-League 2021/22 season.

The result was Adelaide’s biggest home win in the competition since thrashing Newcastle Jets 7-0 back in January 2015.

Goals from George Blackwood and Javi López bookended Craig Goodwin’s brace from the penalty spot, where he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way on both occasions.

“I’m very happy because of the three points tonight,” Isaías told Network 10 after the clash.

“I think we needed this kind of game, this kind of score. Scoring four goals was amazing and I think the boys deserved it after very hard work.”

A number of players also stepped up and Isaías was delighted with their performances.

“I think this is why the squad is for 24 or 25 players because everyone is working hard to get their spot,” he said.

“Even if we missed a couple of players, I think the boys who played tonight did a fantastic job.”

One of those impressive displays came from young goalkeeper, Steven Hall.

The 16-year-old became the youngest goalkeeper in the league’s history when he replaced James Delianov in 31st minute after succumbing to a nasty shoulder injury after being fouled.  

Isaías lauded his temperament as he helped keep a clean sheet.

“Unbelievable, I’m very happy for him because he’s been training with us for a lot of days,” he said.

“And I’m very happy for him on his debut.”