Taylor Regan has come out insisting the he believes that Adelaide United can still manage to finish in the top six, to potentially salvage some respect during the course of the campaign.
The defending champions have had a very tough campaign so far, winning only two of the 16 league games that they have contested. This has put them in a precarious position, as they have amassed only 10 points till date.
Meanwhile, a misfiring front line has meant that their tally of 12 goals is fewer than any other side over the course of the 2016-17 season. Moreover, they are level on points with bottom placed Central Coast Mariners, and it is only goal difference that separates the Reds from becoming the cellar dwellers themselves.
Eight points separate Guillermo Amor’s men from sixth place, and a clash against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday could be crucial to both sides as they look to get a serious grip on their season ambitions.
“There’s 33 points still available, obviously 33 points is probably a little bit unrealistic, but there’s still 11 games to go,” Regan said, according to his club’s official website.
“And we’ve seen in the competition if you string two or three wins together in a row, you climb up that ladder pretty quick.
“So we’re only eight points out of the [top] six, if we can get a positive result here this weekend moving forward with the Central Coast [Mariners], Perth [Glory] and Newcastle [Jets] coming up, the boys are still very positive.
“We have to get the three points in front of a big crowd with obviously kids getting in for free and things like that it’s going to make a good atmosphere.”
Adelaide take on sixth-placed Wellington Phoenix at the Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday.