Ryan Strain believes Adelaide United is more than capable of bouncing back against Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.
The Reds’ six-match winning streak came to an end last Thursday against Central Coast Mariners, but Strain insisted the mood within the squad was upbeat.
“I think we actually played pretty well especially in the first-half,” he told reporters at a press conference.
“In the second-half as well until we went 1-0 up and then we played in their favour.
“We started going longer and defended for 30 minutes which suited them.”
It was the 24-year-old’s first defeat in 13 matches under Head Coach, Carl Veart – a stretch which dated back to last year’s hub.
Strain said the aim now was to immediately get back to winning ways.
“We obviously want to get straight back on track with a win this weekend,” he said.
“We went on great run with six wins and I still think we’re in form.”
Strain has been extremely impressive at right-back this season, adding a lot of balance to the defence and right side of the pitch.
However, his season was interrupted by a groin injury which sidelined him for a total of six games and his absence was noticeable.
But since returning, Strain has picked up where he left off and been instrumental in the Reds’ resurgence.
“I feel really good now,” Strain admitted.
“I feel fit, I feel strong, confident and I haven’t had any problems since I’ve been back.
“The first time I just came back too early, I wanted to play in the derby (against Melbourne Victory) and that was my fault, but now I feel really confident.”
Strain revealed he harbours aspirations of representing the Olyroos at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
Usually made up of under 23s and three overage players, Strain, 24, will still be eligible to make the squad after the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of last year’s Olympics.
“It’s been one of my goals all season, I want to try and get into the Olympic side,” he said.
“I know I’m good enough to get in there so just have to keep playing and try and keep fit and play all the way until the end of the season.”
Next match details:
Saturday, 10 April vs Western Sydney Wanderers
A-League 2020/21 – Matchweek 16
Kick-off 6.40pm ACDT
Gates open 5.40pm ACDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Broadcast: Fox Sports
Stream: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App