From the Dugout with JvS

With the temperatures and short turnaround, we know the match against Gold Coast United is going to be a big challenge.

Following our strong performances on the road, as well as the fantastic triumph in the Melbourne Derby before Christmas, we were obviously disappointed with result against Adelaide United midweek, particularly for our home crowd.

While we hopeful of continuing our run of form, unfortunately, we weren-t able to realise those ambitions.

We played the first part of the game quite well, especially the first 15 minutes, and then we lost a bit of control and conceded some goals including the penalty of course, which maybe wasn-t necessary.

It-s difficult to come back from a 2-0 deficit. There were a few moments we were close to halving the deficit back to 2-1, and if we scored at that moment, I think we would have changed the game.

But it didn-t happen and instead they scored the third goal. Overall, I think we have to take this, bounce back in the next game and see it as a good lesson to improve and keep doing the things we are working on. It also shows any opponent in the league is capable of winning.

We-re not sure how the short turn around will affect the players. They underwent their usual recovery session yesterday, taking care of little things they potentially picked up during the game.

They will be resting and repairing today and have a short session on Saturday before flying out to the Gold Coast, which are a team that plays some good football.

With the temperatures and short turnaround, we know the match is going to be a big challenge.