Carl Veart. Picture: AUFC Media

Adelaide United coach Carl Veart. Photo Credit: Adelaide United

Ahead of Adelaide United’s Round 18 A-League Men clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers, United coach Carl Veart delivered a bold message as he believes his side can still make finals.

“History says you need to get around the 35-point mark. That’s six wins, we’re more than capable of doing that,” Veart said.

“We’ll keep fighting and work until the last game of the season”. 

With nine games left of the regular season, Veart believes that six wins (or 18 points), will be enough to get his team into the top six come the end of the season. He says that finals are still possible, even if his team loses tonight. 

Adelaide United are currently in ninth place, having not recording a win since the 13th of January when they beat Sydney in an instant classic.

The Western Sydney Wanderers are currently in sixth place, six points ahead of Adelaide. 

“(The) Wanderers are physically a very strong side and make it very difficult for you,” the Reds boss said about Saturday night’s opposition.

“There’s no easy games in the A-League and you’ve got to work hard for your wins.

“They’re going to make it difficult for us, they’ve got some really good players there. It’s going to be an entertaining game.”

Adelaide have had a very up and down season so far, with some strong wins, heavy defeats, and some close thrillers, with the tactics Veart has employed throughout the season drawing criticism from fans.

When asked if he would change anything heading into the game, he said he had been happy with the last two weeks.

“When things aren’t going well for you, you just have to keep working and keep having that belief in yourself.

“I’ve been happy with the last two weeks. The performances haven’t been too far off what we’re looking for.

“We just need that little bit of luck, and we just have to keep working hard and have that belief and things will turn.”

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Adelaide will be without one of their stars in Hiroshi Ibusuki, who Veart said had a “minor strain”, but did indicate that he could be back next week.

They will also be without Josh Cavallo, who suffered an injury last week in the 2-1 loss to Sydney FC.

“It’s unfortunate. We’re not sure how long it will be,” Veart said on Cavallo’s injury.

“He’s had a meeting with the surgeon yesterday, so we just have to wait and see if whether he’s going to have surgery or not to repair the injury.

“He’s been out for a year and comes back after a couple of starts and another long layoff. When you’re a professional footballer, to have long term injuries, and to work so hard to come back from one and then to potentially have another, it’s tough.

“Josh is very resilient, and he’ll come back stronger again.”

Despite the absences, United fans do have some returns to look forward to.

Ben Halloran is expected to make his return, while after Harry Van der Saag came off the bench last week, Veart spoke glowingly about the former Sydney FC player.

“Harry brings a lot of energy and a lot of aggression to our side. He’s a versatile footballer that can play a lot of positions.

“I thought he worked hard for us last week, he got himself a goal in the first half as well. He brings that little bit of energy that we need, (that) pressure that we want on the ball.”

When asked about his future position in the team, Veart described him as “more of a defensive minded player.”

“He can play most positions across the back four.  He also brings that aggression when he plays further up the field.  We need to have a lot more pressure on the ball up the pitch.

“Harry brings that and allows us to get more pressure in the attacking half.”

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