Adelaide confident of turnaround, but don't mention 'the run'

Not once at training this week has Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor mentioned the miracle run his team went on from this time last season.

Guillermo Amor

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor Source: Getty Images

The former Barcelona and Spain great knows he can't just hope history repeats itself and he doesn't want his players thinking that way either.

Adelaide are in last place with just three points from eight rounds as they prepare to play Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

They were in exactly the same position after eight rounds last season, but then went on an extraordinary run of 14 wins, four draws and one loss to clinch the Premier's Plate. From there they went on to win the championship as well.

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Winger Ryan Kitto wasn't at Adelaide last season, he was playing for Newcastle Jets. But, like everyone else, he marvelled at the stunning turnaround.

Now back at the Reds, he would naturally love it if he became part of another extraordinary recovery, but he told The World Game the mantra at the club was one game at a time.

"He (Amor) hasn't mentioned what happened last season," Kitto said.

"The coach keeps saying every game is a final and the only way to climb up the ladder is to get the three points, so that's our focus and it will be no different on Sunday.

"Within the playing group, the guys who were here last season know what it takes, so we're confident in the team's ability, but we know it's not something you can just count on happening.

"We have to make results happen and even though we haven't won yet we're playing good football and as long as we start taking our chances a win is only just around the corner.



"That's the message coming from the coach and it's also the belief within the group."

Kitto only got two games in two seasons at Adelaide before joining West Torrens Birkalla in the SANPL. He then left the family home for Newcastle to revive his A-League career.

"I got an opportunity at Newcastle to get some game-time and I was very grateful for the chance," he said.

"I learned a lot about myself and developed some important life skills, but I'm very happy to be back at Adelaide."


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Published 2 December 2016 at 11:03am
By Greg Prichard