On Friday night he snapped the Reds unwanted hoodoo, scoring the winning goal as a nine-man Reds held off Victory in an epic encounter that will go down in club lore.

A Baba Diawara header opened the scoring on 17 minutes and Blackwood sealed the three points in the 77th minute.

It was his first goal for Adelaide and only his second in the A-League and came after Socceroo Mark Milligan fired in the equaliser just before the hour.

"Ultimately it's just good to get a win on the board for the team," an elated Blackwood told Fox Sports post-match.
"After last week I felt like we could have got a win out of that game, but it was just good to get a win (tonight), I'm so happy."

Battling injuries, and having exhausted the subs bench, Adelaide lost Daniel Adlung on 82 minutes to a second yellow with the game poised 2-1.

Five minutes later Ben Garuccio copped his second yellow for time wasting and, when the seven minutes of stoppage time flashed up, the Reds' lead looked tenuous.

Goalkeeper Paul Izzo was immense - pulling off a double save to deny Besart Berisha from the penalty spot before fending off some friendly fire at the death.

Speaking of the crazy closing minutes Blackwood said: "It was ridiculous, I was on the six-yard line the whole time.

"It just makes it all the more sweet to get the win. I'm just happy for the boys - it's awesome."

He added: "A lot of the games we could have got more out of, either we conceded a sloppy goal off a set piece or weren't taking our chances. 

"I think we're playing really well, especially last week I thought it was the best we've played all year against Sydney, we just couldn't get the win but it's just good to get the win tonight."

The three points puts Adelaide fourth on the table while Victory have notched up an unwanted club record-equalling stat, winless at home in the last five.