Veart: We have to keep focus

Adelaide United head coach Carl Veart is keeping faith in the structure and style of his team, on the back of three consecutive losses in the Isuzu UTE A-League.

Despite the recent dip in form, Veart has identified positives in the losses, conceding that more care needs to be taken when attacking.

The Reds return to Coopers on Friday night for its last home match for 2023, when it takes on Newcastle Jets who sit just under Adelaide United on the Isuzu UTE A-League ladder.  

Speaking to the media on Friday, Veart discussed how the team are maintaining focus, Stefan Mauk’s appearance at training and the importance of getting a big home crowd this Friday night.

Carl Veart on team performance and belief:

“We just have to keep focusing on what we’re doing and have our belief. I thought last week we were very solid. We just needed to take a little bit more care when we got into that final third, because we got into good areas, but we just didn’t make the most of those opportunities. (Western Sydney) Wanderers are a very good side defensively. We found that out last week. We weren’t clinical enough, or took enough care with the ball in that final third.”

Carl Veart on training this week:

“We’ve had a very good week on the track. We’ve had an extra session. The boys are really sharp and looking forward to putting on a good performance Friday night.”

Carl Veart on the importance of home matches:

“Every home game is very important in the league. It’s important that you perform well in front of your fans. And it’s important that you get the three points. The last couple of games we haven’t got the result that we wanted. But the boys have belief. Most teams that come to Coopers don’t like to play here. We have to make it difficult for them. That comes back on us. We’ll have to dictate the game tomorrow night. And that is something that we’re looking forward to. We’re looking forward to going out and playing our brand of football and playing well and scoring goals.”

Carl Veart on Javi López’s impact on young talent:

“He (López) is helping the young boys develop. He’s helping Giuseppe Bovalina and teaching him what it requires to play at that next level. Giuseppe so far this year has done exceptionally well.”

Carl Veart on Nestory Irankunda’s development:

“I’ve always said with Nestor, it’s a long-term process for him and we’re trying to develop good habits that he needs to have to have success. He has to make sure that he’s performing well at training. Just not what he does on the pitch but what he does off the pitch as well. We’re still working with Nestor to make sure that we get him to the level that he needs to be at for when he’s ready to make that next move.”

Carl Veart on Stefan Mauk’s appearance at training:

“Stef has been back in Adelaide now for a few weeks. He just contacted me to see if he could come out and have a little bit of a run to keep his fitness up. I think we did the same last year as well. Steph came out last year in the Christmas break. It’s always good to see him come back. He looks in good shape.”

“Stef’s always welcome back at the club. He asked if he could come out for a couple of training sessions this week to keep his fitness up. When you’re training by yourself, it can get a bit tedious. He’s just asked if he could come and do a little bit of football with the group.”