Gold Coast United forced to train indoors due to flooding

A-League club Gold Coast United have been forced to train indoors after eight inches of rain flooded their training pitch.

The squad trained indoors at Carrara Stadium as they could not use any outdoor facility in the region because everything had been so badly affected by the rain.

United coach Miron Bleiberg said it wasn’t an ideal preparation for Sunday’s home clash with league leaders Adelaide United but was hopeful he could get the players outside as the week goes on ahead of a big three weeks away from Skilled Park.

“The weather is not ideal for us at the moment so hopefully it will dry up a little bit over the next few days and we can get out onto the field,” he said.

“There isn’t a great deal we can do about it, so it’s a matter of using the excellent indoor facilities we have until the weather improves.

“It’s an important game because there are three points on offer, not because Adelaide are top of the league. The fact that they are unbeaten will add a little spice if we win the game because we will be the first team to do that. It would of course be great for our confidence.

“After we play Adelaide we have three away games on the run so that’s another reason why we are determined to secure all three points on Sunday.

“For us it’s all about confidence and momentum. We are on a decent run of form and we want to keep that going. Plus, the league is so tight that one or two good or bad results can see you shoot up the table or drop down. It’s obvious which direction we want to be going in.

“I still believe we are a better team than last season and we are more results orientated this time around. We’re strong, we’re solid and no team in the Hyundai A-League can take us lightly. By the same reasoning, we’re not afraid of anyone either.”