Scott Galloway was inches away from scoring his second Hyundai A-League goal of the season against Western Sydney Wanderers.
But the 23-year-old said securing the three points was more important than anything else as Adelaide United recorded a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Galloway struck the post in stoppage with a curling effort and found himself in advanced areas during the first-half too.
But the defender stressed getting back to winning ways takes precedent over personal success.
“For us the three points is the most important thing,” Galloway told Fox Sports after the game.
“It would’ve been nice to maybe get on the scoresheet, I could’ve maybe had one in the first-half but maybe another day.”
Vince Lia fired Adelaide into the lead with a thunderbolt, and Craig Goodwin cancelled out Roly Bonevacia’s free-kick after the break with a sublime finish.
With games coming thick and fast and with short rest between matches, Galloway suggested it was part and parcel of professional football.
The Reds’ hectic schedule continues as they travel west to take on ladder leaders Perth Glory on Wednesday night.
That match will be Adelaide’s seventh in 29 days.
“You look over the big leagues in Europe they do it every week,” he said.
“So it’s a bit different in Australia but makes a big difference in the heat as well.
“But like I said crucial to come here and get the three points. We deserved it and now we look forward to Perth in a few days.”
Adelaide United face Perth Glory in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Wednesday, 23 January at HBF Park. Kick-off is at 9.30pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and streamed on the My Football Live App.