Adelaide United desperate to make amends
While Christmas couldn't come quick enough for most, Boxing Day can't come soon enough for Adelaide United.
The A-League club is itching for Wednesday night's home fixture against Brisbane Roar, hoping to put to rest their woeful 6-1 loss to Western Sydney last Friday night.
"The boys are just wanting to play this game against Brisbane as soon as possible," Reds captain Eugene Galekovic said.
"Obviously we were disappointed with the (Western Sydney) result and on the training track this week was quite fiery and the boys were willing to throw their bodies around.
"We just can't wait for Wednesday night."
Adelaide had let in just 10 goals in 11 games prior to the Wanderers loss, with Galekovic uncertain why they copped six to the league newcomers.
"It was one of those games where everything went wrong for us," he said.
"We know we're better than that and we have just got to prove it against Brisbane and improve a lot to be honest.
"You have got to show some respect to Western Sydney, they are a very good team, very organised team, and we just didn't know how to break them down and how to keep the ball."
Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey was also surprised by the Reds' heavy loss.
"If they would have lost 2-1, 3-1, then people would have said 'oh ok' but 6-1 and everyone's taking notice of that," Mulvey said.
"It was out of character and I don't expect there will be any problems with them backing up in terms of being at home in front of a parochial crowd."
The Roar have their own problems with seven losses in 12 games in an off-key championship defence.
"I have got great belief in the playing staff here and as I've said before we're just one or two degrees off," Mulvey said.
"The key is to get the first goal of the game and bring a bit of confidence back in the team and the slick passing will come back."
Galekovic was wary of Brisbane, describing the Roar was "very dangerous".
"Brisbane is a very good team," Galekovic said.
"They're struggling at the moment in terms of results but football-wise they're still a quality team."