Lady Reds gunning for Jets

Adelaide United knows nothing less than three points is needed when they meet Newcastle Jets in Newcastle on Saturday in Round 5 of the Westfield W-League.

Adelaide United knows nothing less than three points is needed when they meet Newcastle Jets in Newcastle on Saturday in Round 5 of the Westfield W-League.

A loss against Brisbane Roar last week made it three consecutive losses for the Lady Reds, but a meeting against the winless Jets could prove to be the perfect fixture for United to snap its losing streak.

Coach Dave Edmondson admitted the performance against the Roar was sub standard and revealed the squad was able to dissect that match and draw positives ahead of the clash with the Jets.

The tactician said the girls have put in the effort on the track during the week and will need to carry that intensity into the game on Saturday.

“We were very disappointed about that result and we had a very honest and positive analysis session about the performance at the start of the week,” he said.

“We have to bounce back with a positive performance against Newcastle. We have worked hard in training this week to put right the mistakes we made at the weekend and then it-s down to showing the desire, passion and determination in the next game.”

Newcastle are the only team in the W-League to not yet register a win and remain bottom of the table after Round 5 with just a point after a 3-3 draw against Sydney FC in Round 1.

Adelaide-s task appears more favourable with Jets- star Emily Van Egmond missing the clash after being called up to the Matildas.

But, Edmondson played down the Jets current run and stated the Lady Reds would have to return to the form that saw them defeat Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 1 if they want to leave Newcastle with three points.

“No game is easy in the W-League and this weekend could see some strange results with players missing from all teams due to national team call ups,” he said.

“Having played three of the top teams in the league over the last three weeks and failing to pick up any points, the team is determined to get back to winning ways against Newcastle but we will have to perform better than we did against Brisbane.”

The Lady Reds will also be without a solid performer with young defender Emma Checker joining Van Egmond and the Matildas.

But, United welcome back tenacious midfielder Jess Waterhouse who returns from captaining the Australia Women-s U17 side in its recent AFC U16 Qualifiers in Manila.

Edmondson also hinted there may be some other changes to the line-up which lost to the Roar last week.

“There will be a couple of changes for sure, both as a result of Jess returning and Emma going away, but also as a result of performances in recent games and in training,” he said.

Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United Saturday 17 November 2012 Wanderers Oval, Newcastle Local kick-off: 4.30pm

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2. Hannah BREWER 3. Hayley CRAWFORD, 4.Gemma PEARCE, 5. Tori HUSTER, 6. Angela SALEM, 7. Gema SIMON, 9. Tara ANDREWS, 11. Kate HENSMAN, 12. Tiffany BOSHERS, 13. Bronte Bates 14. Sammara SCHMITZER, 15. Alishia FOOTE, 16. Stacey DAY , 18. Michaela HATZIRODOS, 20. Alannah ROSEWOOD (gk) (* one to be omitted)

Ins: Stacey DAY (returns from suspension) Outs: Emily VAN EGMOND (national team duty) Unavailable: Madeline SEARL (injury)

Adelaide United squad: 1. Kristi HARVEY (gk), 2. Ruth WALLACE, 3. Alex NATOLI, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 6. Cassandra TSOUMBRIS, 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Sarah McLAUGHLIN, 9. Marijana RACJIC, 13. Ann MAYO, 14. Lorena MAGGIO, 16. Jess WATERHOUSE, 17. Laura JOHNS, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Holly PATTERSON

Ins: Grace HENRY (promoted), Jess WATERHOUSE (returns from Australia U-16 duty), Laura Johns (promoted) Outs: Elise WHORLOW (omitted), Emma CHECKER (National team duty), Kelly BARLTROP (omitted) Unavailable: Nil