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Cinderella Reds close in on fairytale finish

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They’re just five points away from top spot, but Adelaide captain Eugene Galekovic won’t allow himself to dream about lifting the premiers plate.

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Last night’s 3-2 win over Central Coast lifted the surging Reds from sixth spot to third, and they are now a genuine chance of catching ladder leaders Brisbane with eight games remaining in the season.

It’s been a fairytale rise for Guillermo Amor’s side, who didn’t claim their first victory until round nine and occupied the bottom rung of the table for five straight weeks.

But despite extending their unbeaten run to 11 matches, Galekovic refused to think about completing their own Cinderella story, and is instead focused on simply continuing their momentum.

“You gain confidence from it, but in the end, there’s still a long way to go in the season,” Galekovic said.

“We’re five points off top but we’re also five points off seventh so you lose a couple and we’re out of the six. You win a couple and you’re right in the mix.

“We just need to worry about next week and our aim is to win. If we do that, then we just gain a little bit more momentum.”

Galekovic, in his ninth season with the club, implored his team to simply remain fixed on their upcoming opponent, beginning with Friday’s blockbuster encounter against defending premiers Melbourne Victory.

The Reds haven’t lost since going down 2-1 to the Victory at Etihad Stadium in November.

“What we’ve been doing the last couple of months is just worrying about the next game and putting all our energy into that. We’ve done that well, so we’ve just got to keep doing that,” Galekovic said.

“The biggest thing is the momentum we’re gaining. We’ve got another big game on Friday. We’re third on the table now and hopefully we keep climbing.”

-AAP

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