Watson holds hands up over crucial error

January 03, 2015 10:57:06 UK

Adelaide’s Craig Goodwin.

Adelaide United’s Cameron Watson has moved on from his “brain snap” that cost his side dearly in their New Year’s Eve defeat to Wellington Phoenix.

Normally a midfielder, Watson was asked to play at the back in the Cooper Stadium clash in what was his 100th A-League game.

The game was poised at 1-1 with 13 minutes left when Watson, under no pressure, tried to play a high ball across the defence and picked out Phoenix substitute striker Tyler Boyd.

Boyd gratefully accepted the chance to put the visitors ahead, and went on to score again in injury time to seal a 3-1 victory that took Wellington above the Reds into third spot in the league.

It was Adelaide’s third defeat in their past four games, but Watson says while the club are experiencing a bumpy patch they can soon get back to winning ways.

He rejects suggestions the Reds have suffered a hangover since they won the inaugural FFA Cup final with a win against Perth Glory on 16th December.

“I think throughout the course of the season you go through a patch like this. I don’t think a hangover was ever an excuse and wasn’t something we were looking to use,” he said.

Talking of his outing in central defence against Wellington, the 27-year-old said he had felt comfortable until gifting the New Zealand side their second goal.

“I can’t give a reason for why I played that ball but it’s football and cruel at times,” he said. “I just felt for the team because we had got back in the game at 1-1 and then I had a brain snap.

“It just shows that one littler error at the back can cost the team the game. For playing centre-back again, yeah I would any time. Playing my 100th A-League game for the club was great and probably something I’ll look back on later in life.”

United can be backed at 3.20 to beat Perth, the Glory are 2.20 to secure the win and a draw is 3.40 .

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