Craig Goodwin believes Adelaide can keep the momentum going after racking up their third straight win with a 2-1 triumph over the Newcastle Jets.
Hometown hero Goodwin struck the winning goal in the 77th minute in his first match at Coopers Stadium in almost two years, after rejoining the Reds on loan from Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda.
Adelaide were slow out of the blocks in Carl Veart’s first season as permanent head coach, winning only two their first seven games in the 2020/21 campaign.
But a third straight competition victory has propelled the Reds to third in the ladder, with five wins and a draw from their 10 games, and Socceroo Goodwin believes the South Australian outfit are just getting started.
"It’s about building on the two results we had," Goodwin told FOX Sports.
"Last week was about getting that first away win and two on the bounce and tonight [was about] trying to keep the momentum going."
The 29-year-old made it two goals in two games since returning down under with a crisp left-footed strike to put Adelaide back in front after hustling the ball from a hesitant Steven Ugarkovic.
Moments earlier, Goodwin had crashed a free-kick against the Jets upright, but the five-cap international admits he had a quiet homecoming in the City of Churches.
"I think the timing of the goal was really important," Goodwin added.
"I think I’d had a few involvements but not really created as much as I’d like or the final ball wasn’t there."
"I’m obviously really happy to contribute with a goal and to get the three points is the most important thing."
Connor O’Toole opened his A-League account with a 22nd-minute thunderbolt but was left lamenting the defensive errors that saw Newcastle leak two goals that proved crucial.
"It was our own undoing I think that let us down," O’Toole said.
"You take those two away and I think it’s a fairly even game, I think a draw is a fair result.
"Next week, we’ve just got to get the mistakes out of the way and that’s what we’ve got to do."
Back-to-back defeats means the Jets will slip from 10th to 11th if Wellington Phoenix take all three points against Perth Glory on Sunday.
O’Toole added: "We’ve been through it before, it’s nothing new. [We] just stick together, keep going as we are, and I think results will come our way soon."
Next fixtures – Matchweek 12
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Venue: Marvel Stadium
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEDT
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 5.05pm AEDT