Fan Talk with The Punter - Edition #3

There were mixed emotions when returning from Hindmarsh Stadium, as our result against the Reds can be best described as one step forward, one step backwards.

There were mixed emotions when returning from Hindmarsh Stadium, as our result against the Reds can be best described as one step forward, one step backwards.

I was quite impressed with the way the midfielders and attackers started to jell and really create chances and opportunities, however our defence against Adelaide left something to be desired.

Most pleasing was to see Rutger Worm really step up. He-s been under a bit of pressure from the media about his performances in the first two games, and he really showed some of what he is capable of.

His goal was a brilliant piece of positioning with both power and direction, something that I hope to see more of this year.

A huge bonus was seeing Dean Heffernan play a blinder. Besides his cross for the first goal, he made some enormous runs down the left wing and always looked dangerous with his face towards Adelaide-s goal.

Defensively, though, I think we skipped a beat this week. The cohesion still appears to be forming and the goals we-ve let through this season have all been sloppy mistakes or positioning errors. While, yes, this will be fixed with time, we-ve got a difficult match coming up this week.

Perth are top of the table at the moment, and rightfully so. Even without ex-Socceroo Mile Sterjovski and Jamie Harnwell they-ll be a very strong unit. It-s going to take a lot from our boys, and just as much support from our fans, to get over the line, but I think we-ve got it in us.

So to everyone out there, make sure you come down to AAMI Park in full voice. Bring your family, friends, co-workers, pets, everyone! Make sure you wear Red and White so we can turn AAMI Park into a fortress of fear for Dave Mitchell-s purple men and come away with the three points!

Yours in support,

- The Punter

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