Vukovic keen to continue Mariners good defensive form

Mariners captain Danny Vukovic is ready for a massive clash this weekend, understanding the importance or collecting three points against Adelaide United on Saturday evening. 

The goalkeeper has been pleased by the improvement that he has seen in the sides defence over recent matches, conceding just three goals in our last four matches. He expects much of the same this weekend. 

“It was a good win last weekend first and foremost, but just a really good performance. More so defensively I was really happy with how the boys applied themselves,” Vukovic said. 

“It was probably a little bit of an issue at the start of the season, but it seems that we are getting it right time and time again now so really happy with how we went.”

Our captain is confident that the defensive unit have now built a familiarity with each other, leading to the recent performance.

The goalkeeper particularly impressed with Brian Kaltak, who has hit the ground running in his first Isuzu UTE A-League Men season. 

“I think whoever comes in knows their role now. With new players coming in, including myself, it takes time to gel. We are very solid right now with whoever comes in,” he said. 

“Brian Kaltak has been a revelation for us, he has been amazing most games. Whoever has come in has done a good job.”

Despite our recent strong performances Vukovic is not taking this weekend lightly, knowing the danger that Adelaide United possess.

He got a first-hand view of Craig Goodwin during the wingers stellar World Cup campaign, knowing that shutting him down this weekend will be one of the keys to three points. 

“They are a strong side. I haven’t played against them for a while, but I have watched a lot of their videos this week. In their front third they are very strong, of course Craig Goodwin, a World Cup hero for us is a dangerous player,” he said. 

“We need to be on song defensively, but we know with our attack, we can really be dangerous. Always confident in front of our home supporters.”

Vukovic hoping for a massive crowd this weekend after the brilliant atmosphere at last week’s New Year’s Eve match. With over 10,000 filling the stands, our captain keen for much of the same. 

“It is wonderful playing here, last weekend was amazing with a big crowd. We love playing at home in front of our home supporters and hopefully we can get another big crowd,” Vukovic said. 

“We feel that something special is building here and we want our supporters along for the ride.”

The Mariners face Adelaide United at Industree Group Stadium this Saturday January 7th at 5pm. Tickets are available HERE