Adelaide United players are keeping the faith in the methods of new coach Josep Gombau despite a six-match winless stretch in the A-League.

Adelaide players back their A-League coach

November 28, 2013
By Steve Larkin

Adelaide United players are keeping faith in the demands of new coach Josep Gombau despite their winless A-League streak, defender Michael Zullo says.

The Reds won their season opener but have since lost four games and drawn two under the Spanish coach, who is seeking a possession, passing-based game.

Gombau's outfit travel to play winless Melbourne Heart on Sunday in a match Zullo says is crucial to Adelaide's season.

"We are building towards something and we believe in what we are doing," Zullo told reporters on Thursday.

"People rave about Brisbane Roar and how they play - we play very similar. They are just not giving away games like we are giving them away at the moment, they are putting away their chances.

"It's down to little moments in a game and once they start going our way, it's going to be completely different, I have complete faith in that.

"It's about having a winning mentality in a team and I definitely feel that we have that here. We have winners all over the park.

"Once that one game starts going our way, we can build on that and hopefully string some more performances together and I feel as thought that is going to be a springboard for the rest of the season."

Zullo said Adelaide had made adjustments in a bid to end costly defensive lapses, but said Gombau's style was suited to the eighth-placed Reds.

"I don't feel as though where we are on the table at the moment justifies the way we have been playing," he said.

"It's a very similar set-up to Dutch football ... it's the way forward, it's the way most of the world is playing now apart from the British nations, everyone is trying to play this kind of football.

"If we can get that going in Australia, it is the way forward and it's the way our country can develop as a football nation."

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