Reds ‘start again’ in search for Glory

Adelaide United FC gets the chance to rectify last Saturday’s disappointment when it fronts up against Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season.

Adelaide United FC gets the chance to rectify last Saturday-s disappointment when it fronts up against Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season.

The home defeat to the Newcastle Jets triggered the Reds into action and saw the intensity go to another level on the training track this week, Coach Josep Gombau pleased by what he has seen in response to what he labelled as his side-s most indifferent and uncharacteristic performance of the season.

“I am very happy with training today, we did very well and this week we start from the beginning because in the last game we didn-t play the style that we want to play, but I am satisfied with the work that the players have done this week,” Gombau said.

The nature of the draw is such that the Reds come up against the Glory for the second time inside the opening 6 rounds while having yet to face Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart or the Wellington Phoenix.

The Reds ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met back in Round 1 at Coopers Stadium and Gombau will be determined to see his side get back to the strides forward it was making.

“In the last game we didn-t play the style. We didn-t keep the ball, we didn-t have many passes…I didn-t recognise the team with the way that we played on Saturday,” Gombau said.

“When this happens we need to start again with the simple things and go step by step.”

Gombau also fired back at suggestions that his only concern was on enforcing the playing style that he is trying to get the Reds to master rather than on the results themselves. Gombau as much as anyone wants to succeed and be in front on the scoreboard at the final whistle, but at the same time he is not going to abandon what he set out to do since the day he took on the job.

“Of course we want to win and of course I am unhappy when we lose, but it is what I said on the first day, what we want to do is try to build the style, and last week I was more unhappy because we didn-t play the style,” Gombau said.

“Of course this is a competition, we have fans that follow us and it is a professional sport and we need to win, but as I said on the first day, I don-t sacrifice the style to win.”

After getting through 26 minutes against the Jets, Cassio will start at left back in place of the absent Michael Zullo while Osama Malik or Jordan Elsey appear set to come in for the suspended Nigel Boogaard and partner Jon McKain in the centre of defence.

Considering Cassio-s pre season was severely hampered because of a quad injury, Gombau admitted he was unsure whether the pocket rocket would get through the full 90 minutes.

“For a player that hasn-t played 90 minutes for a long time, it is difficult for them in just two weeks to be expected to play 90 minutes, so he (Cassio) will start and we will see,” Gombau said.

The news is not as positive for Bruce Djite, the striker a late withdrawal from the travelling party after pulling up sore in his hamstring at training during the week after making his first appearance of the season last Saturday.

“It is difficult for them to be in the same level as the players that have done all of the training in pre season and the season, and he (Djite) has got a little problem with his hamstring so we won-t use him as a precaution,” Gombau said.

“It-s not an injury but it could become an injury if he doesn-t stop, so we decided it is better not to take this risk, and I-m sure next week he will be ok.”

A big crowd is expected at nib Stadium with Perth-s new marquee signing William Gallas declaring he is ready to make his Hyundai A-League debut after touching down in the Western Australian capital last weekend. The 36 year old former French international, who has played at English Premier League heavyweights Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, has signed with the Glory for the rest of the season and could see some game time against the Reds.

“I hope that he (Gallas) starts because if he does it is good for the league, good for the game and more people will come to see the game,” Gombau said.

“If you have more people in the stadium the players are more motivated, they feel more responsibility…when these kind of players come to the league it needs to take advantage of this and I hope that he plays against us.”

A maximum temperature of 31° Celsius is forecast for Perth on match day.

Hyundai A-League 2012/13 Season - Round 6 Perth Glory v Adelaide United FC Saturday, 16 November 2013 nib Stadium, Perth Kick-off: 2:30pm local (5:00pm ACDT) Referee: Shaun Evans

TV: Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD Radio: Live coverage on Coverage on 891 ABC Adelaide, ABC SA, Grandstand Digital and online at Twitter: (hash-tag #PERvADL)

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 6.CASSIO, 7.JERONIMO, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 12.Antony GOLEC, 13.Steven LUSTICA, 17.Awer MABIL, 19.Jake BARKER-DAISH, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 30.John HALL (GK)

Ins: 12.Antony GOLEC, 19.Jake BARKER-DAISH, 23.Jordan ELSEY (all promoted), 30.John HALL (GK) (promoted from Youth Team) Outs: 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (suspended - 1 game), 11.Bruce DJITE (hamstring - 1 week), 18.Michael ZULLO (international duty - 1 week), 20.Paul IZZO (GK) (adductor - TBC) Unavailable: 14.Cameron WATSON (suspended - 1 game), 16.Daniel BOWLES (ankle - 4 weeks)

Perth Glory squad: 1.Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 2.Jack CLISBY, 3.Brandon O-NEILL, 4.Ryan EDWARDS, 5.Steve PANTELIDIS, 6.Cameron EDWARDS, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Ryo NAGAI, 10.Jamie MACLAREN, 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17.Chris HAROLD, 18.Jack DUNCAN, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Matthew DAVIES, 36.William GALLAS ***One to be omitted***

Ins: 17.Chris HAROLD, 36.William GALLAS Outs: 9.Shane SMELTZ (international duty - 1 week) Unavailable: Nil

Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory - Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record Played 25 - 12 wins, 5 draws, 8 losses

13-Oct-2013… W 3-1… 2013/14 Rd 1 (Coopers Stadium) 30-Mar-2013… D 1-1… 2012/13 Wk 27 (nib Stadium) 11-Jan-2013… W 3-2… 2012/13 Wk 16 (Coopers Stadium) 11-Nov-2012… D 1-1… 2012/13 Wk 6 (Coopers Stadium) 1-Mar-2012… L 0-2… 2011/12 Wk 22 (Coopers Stadium) 29-Jan-2012… L 0-3… 2011/12 Wk 17 (Coopers Stadium) 9-Oct-2011… L 0-1… 2011/12 Wk 1 (nib Stadium) 22-Dec-2010… L 2-4… 2010/11 Midweek (nib Stadium) 10-Nov-2010… W 2-0… 2010/11 Midweek (Coopers Stadium) 24-Sep-2010… W 2-0… 2010/11 Wk 8 (Coopers Stadium) 19-Jan-2010… L 2-3… 2009/10 Rd 19 (Coopers Stadium) 9-Oct-2009… L 0-1… 2009/10 Rd 10 (nib Stadium) 7-Aug-2009… W 1-0… 2009/10 Rd 1 (Coopers Stadium) 26-Dec-2008… W 1-0… 2008/09 Rd 17 (nib Stadium) 26-Oct-2008… W 2-1… 2008/09 Rd 9 (Coopers Stadium) 17-Aug-2008… W 1-0… 2008/09 Rd 1 (Coopers Stadium) 13-Jan-2008… L 2-3… 2007/08 Rd 20 (nib Stadium) 23-Nov-2007… D 1-1… 2007/08 Rd14 (Coopers Stadium) 7-Oct-2007… D 0-0… 2007/08 Rd7 (nib Stadium) 28-Dec-2006… D 0-0… 2006/07 Rd18 (nib Stadium) 5-Nov-2006… W 3-2… 2006/07 Rd11 (Coopers Stadium) 16-Sep-2006… W 3-0… 2006/07 Rd4 (Coopers Stadium) 12-Jan-2006… W 2-1… 2005/06 Rd18 (nib Stadium) 6-Nov-2005… L 2-4… 2005/06 Rd11 (Coopers Stadium) 17-Sep-2005… W 2-1… 2005/06 Rd4 (nib Stadium)

At nib Stadium Played 10; Adelaide United 3, Perth Glory 4, Draws 3

At Coopers Stadium Played 15; Adelaide United 9, Perth Glory 4, Draws 2

Last time they met in the Hyundai A-League 13-Oct-2013 Round1, Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season at Coopers Stadium Adelaide United 3 (Jeronimo 9-/25-, Ferreira 64-) Perth Glory 1 (Nagai 11-)