Mariners attacker Dan Bouman is loving his football, and says the Mariners are ready to take on an in-form Adelaide United on Thursday night.
Bouman delivered his fourth assist of the season on Saturday (five if you count his delivery against Sydney), setting up Marco Urena to score after spinning past Jacob Butterfield on the sideline.
Now, the 23-year old says that although the Mariners couldn’t pull out the win on Saturday night, there was plenty to take from the game as they prepare for the Reds.
“I feel like we controlled most of the game, especially the second half, we had a lot of the ball, created chances, but couldn’t put that finishing touch on,” he said.
“We were a bit disappointed we couldn’t take the three points away, but there were a number of good things, and a couple of things we needed to work on so we’ll take that into the next game.”
“The more and more that I’m playing I feel more and more comfortable, and I’m creating good connections and knowing where players around me are running, and other players are starting to know what sort of runs I make.”
“Another assist, very happy with it but there’s still a lot to work on. I got an assist, but we only drew so I would rather the three points.”
Thursday’s meeting will be a rematch of that outing in Adelaide, where three Tomi Juric penalties paved the way for the Reds to steal a win that was the beginning of their current winning streak.
Bouman said that the Mariners have taken a good look at the Reds, but are just looking forward to getting back out on home turf on Thursday night.
“They’re a team that is in form, we played them away in a crazy game, so we’ll look back at that game,” he said.
“[We’ll] See what we can take from that and see what we need to change and see how we are going to take them on.
“We love playing at home, in front of the home supporters.”
“They came out in good numbers on Saturday so that was great to see, and if they can come out on Thursday ahead of the Easter weekend that would be awesome.”
“We love playing at home, and playing in front of our supporters and this time we want to win for them.”