Adelaide defender encouraged by switched-on Reds

Adelaide United defender Dylan McGowan believes the champions are headed in the right direction following Friday night’s energised 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar.

The Reds welcomed Marcelo Carrusca into their starting side for the first time this season and salvaged a point through Sergi Guardiola’s 78th minute header.

Despite remaining bottom with just two points from six matches, the point ends Adelaide’s horror run of four straight defeats.

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“Our problem this season has been slacking off in key moments,” McGowan told Fox Sports.

“Last week (against Central Coast) was just after half-time and a couple of weeks ago (against Melbourne Victory) it was the last minute of the game.

Adelaide United defender Dylan McGowan

“To concentrate for the full 90 was the aim tonight and I think having some of our key players back really made a difference.

“We definitely don’t want to be in this position and tonight was a step forward for us.”

The hosts survived several Roar chances either side of their goal to halt an unwanted streak of four consecutive 2-1 defeats.

While it was his side celebrating Guardiola’s equaliser, McGowan admitted to nerves about the scoreline potentially reappearing.

“As soon as it went 1-1 I thought ‘here we go’. But we’ve gone out to break that curse and hopefully next week it’s 2-1 for us,” the 25-year-old said.