FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar full-back Jack Hingert says the team has set a defensive standard it has to keep to after holding the star-studded Melbourne City line-up goalless last week.
The second-placed Roar heads to surprise cellar-dweller Adelaide United on Friday night at Cooper Stadium having conceded just one goal in three A-League games since the 4-0 drubbing at Newcastle Jets in round two.
Brisbane has won all three of those games, including last week's 1-0 success over City and a 2-1 victory fourth-placed Perth Glory in the previous round and right-back Hingert said it was important to keep improving that defensive mindset.
"It was a credit to the whole squad to keep Melbourne City, with the attacking players they have, scoreless,” he said. "It's always great to get a clean sheet, especially as a defender. It's something you want to achieve every game.
"We showed against quality opposition we can defend well against those sort of top-notch players. So we need to hopefully continue that throughout the season.”
Hingert said the 4-0 defeat to the Jets was the low point of the season and the players did not want to revisit the scenario.
"The Newcastle game was a bit of a wake-up call for us,” he admitted. "That was a disappointing result we tried to put behind us a s quick as possible.
"It was something that we spoke about that we would never let it happen again and as you have seen it's been good since then.”
While Hingert said it was a shock to see Adelaide propping up the A-League ladder with no wins from five games, you only had to look at last season - when the Reds were winless in the first eight matches - to see that things can be turned around.
"I guess it's a surprise,” he said, when asked what he thought about Adelaide's start to the new campaign. "But at the same time they didn't have the best of starts to the season last year and they ended up winning it, so you can't write them off at all.”
Hingert said despite their lowly position, Adelaide posed threats all over the field with the likes of Isaias, Sergio Guardiola and Ryan Kitto.
"Every team has got great players and great attacking players,” he said. "There are plenty of players in their squad who can cause danger if you let them.
"We are going to go down there with the same attitude we have had in the past few weeks and hopefully keep another clean sheet.
"We've proved we can do that. It's now a matter of doing it again.”
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