Round 9 Match Preview: ADLvPER

Guillermo Amor has said he and his squad are responsible for the situation the team currently finds itself in, but will do anything necessary to turn it around, starting with the Reds’ match with Perth Glory on Sunday.

With Adelaide United and Perth Glory currently residing at the foot of the Hyundai A-League standings, Sunday’s Round 9 match between the two sides presents itself as the prime opportunity for either team to pick up a valuable three points.

And with the fixture’s importance being significantly high, United Head Coach, Guillermo Amor, believes his squad must win the match, otherwise the Reds’ situation on the ladder could become even bleaker.

“The situation of Perth is similar to us and they’re just one point in front of us,” Amor said. “If they win against us then we could have even more problems with our situation.

“We need to win and we will not be giving any excuses. It’s not going to be too hot, or too cold, players injured or fit. No excuses.

“We’re responsible for this situation and I want what is best for this team and for this club and in this moment it might not be a good time, but it’s good to have this pressure so we can improve.”

Amor preview ADLvPER

Looking back on some of the Reds’ previous fixtures, Amor said he thinks it to just be the results not falling United’s way, especially when considering the dominance of his side in some matches.

“The results keep seeming to be the problem,” he explained. “We analysed the game against Perth that we played earlier in the season and we dominated and had control of the entire game.

“They (Glory) had 30 per cent of possession and won the game 3-1. Even last game (against Melbourne Victory) it was a similar situation.

“The level of football that we’re playing is good and was good against Victory and Wellington (Phoenix in Round 6), and Newcastle (Jets in Round 7).

“The team has played well and tactically we’ve had a lot of chances and good possession of the football.

“With football, if you have the majority of possession and you create chances, the results will come. If not one week, it will come the next, or the next after that. But they will come and this is what we are preparing for.”

Reds defender, Tarek Elrich, spoke along similar lines, highlighting the significance of this fixture to United’s season, however went on to mention the test Glory could pose, as they look to bounce back from their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Melbourne City last week.

“It’s a massive opportunity for us to get a win against a team that’s maybe in the same boat as us, but it’s massive for both teams,” Elrich said.

“Perth are going to come out firing (after their loss last week). I think they’ve got some players back as well, so they’re going to come here looking to bounce back.

“We’ll stick to our game plan and what we’ve trained all week for and make sure we do our jobs.”

Elrich preview ADLvPER

Brushing off any suggestions that he and his teammates were lacking confidence, Elrich said it was more a matter of being without luck, if anything, stating the squad is prepared to fight not only for themselves, but for the coaching staff and fans.

“We’re not lacking confidence, but I guess you could say that we’re more so lacking a bit of luck.

“If you’ve seen the way we’re actually playing, we’re not playing badly. But I feel as if we’re giving our opposition an easy start to matches.

“We’re not only playing for ourselves, we’re playing for the coaches, and of course, our fans. We know people are hurting and so you can only imagine us as players having to go out there and performing for 90 minutes without getting the result.

“We’re not going to take the game lightly and we’re going to go out there and get a win.”

Adelaide United will face Perth Glory in Round 9 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Sunday, 6 December 2015 at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT.