Veart: Hunger key to better results

Carl Veart speaks to media at the Adelaide Airport ahead of Round 3.

Despite results not falling the way of Adelaide United in the opening matches of the 2022/23 season, Carl Veart has said his side are on the right path to securing better results through an increased hunger and determination.

Veart and his squad departed Adelaide on Saturday afternoon for New South Wales to take on Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

With the Reds winless in their opening two matches of the Isuzu UTE A-League season, picking up one point in the process, Veart has said a key, missing ingredient from performances to-date has been a greater hunger to score goals – something the team is eager to rectify against Sydney on Sunday.

Good performances, but average results:
“The way we’ve played the first two games, we’ve been happy with, we just haven’t been happy with the end result, which is putting the ball in the back of the net (and) is the most important thing in our game.

“It’s a long process.

“As you say, we’ve been controlling games, doing everything right.

“It’s just that final decision making that leads to scoring goals.

“We’ve had a good look at it this week, not just (inside) with the video, but we’ve also gone out and done a lot of work with it on the pitch.

“So hopefully we can see some turnaround this week and get some goals.”

Talent aplenty:
“We’ve got some really good attacking players and we’ll back them in.

“They’ve had the runs on the board previously, so we know that they can get the job done.

“It’s just a matter of backing their processes and it’ll come.

“The players are disappointed that they haven’t scored the goals, but as I said to the playing group, it’s important that we have the belief in ourselves and keep working.

“The work we’re doing is good.

“It’s just that we haven’t been hungry enough.

Sunday’s plan of attack:
“I think we’ve shown in the first two games that we’re going to play a very attacking brand of football.

“Nothing will change with that tomorrow.

“Sydney are are very good side and they’re in the process of chaining the way that they’ve been playing for a long time.

“Hopefully we can still find some chinks in that new way that they’re playing.

Carl Veart giving instructions at the VALO Training Centre.

“It’s a matter of us being aggressive, taking the game to them, and that’s because that’s the type of football that we want to play.

“(We have to make sure) when we are on top of the game that we reward ourselves with a goal.

“They’re going to have moments of game where they’re going to be on top (and we have to be) strong defensively and not give away too many opportunities.”

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