Wednesday night, the 6th placed Lady Reds face Melbourne Victory in what looms as a crucial match with the Victory 5 points clear in 5th position.
The two teams enter this game in contrasting form, the Victory coming off a 1-0 loss at the hands of Canberra United Women while the Lady Reds enjoying a well earned 1-0 win over league leaders Perth Glory.
The Lady Reds put in one of their best performances to date in the 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Saturday and were unlucky not to score even more.
The Reds showed patience to look for the right delivery in the final third and had plenty of grit to hold the Glory off from scoring, claiming their first clean sheet of the season.
Captain Kristy Moore was elated to see the team come through a tough start to the season and now reap the benefits.
“We showed signs of things we could do but we didn’t get any points and I think it was the mental side of things where we had to stay positive and kind of make our own luck and it’s great to see after getting these results.”
Moore was positive that if the Lady Reds can apply themselves to the best of their ability, a third win for the season is within reach.
“It’s going to be another tough test and it’s our job to go out and work hard together and back each other up and it’s important to keep that mental aspect together and stay positive.”
Coach Ross Aloisi was delighted with the turn in form of his side but at the same time wasn’t surprised to see the team grow together as a unit too.
“We always knew that we would take time to hit form because we’ve had many inexperienced players come in and with international arrivals coming in the week of the first game, it’s little things like that which take time.”
Aloisi also noted that with a short turnaround between games, every player applying themselves with 100% commitment takes on even more importance this week
“It’s always going to be hard, you’re playing 3 teams where one was top and Melbourne was second not long ago so this game will be hard.”
Aloisi was confident of his side’s chances and noted the match day plan would remain similar, aside from a few minor alterations.
“Nothing much is going to change with our game plan, we tweek a few things when we play different teams and on we’ll look at changing a few things defensively and look to where we can hurt Melbourne behind the defensive line.”
The Lady Reds host Melbourne Victory, this Wednesday 29 October at Adelaide Shores Football Centre, kick-off 7:00pm.
On the back of 2 wins, all adult spectators attending will receive 2-for-1 entry to the match.