Perth tough to gauge says Stenta

Adrian Stenta

Adrian Stenta is looking forward to being back at Coopers Stadium as part of a New Year’s Day double header.

His Adelaide United side host Perth Glory before Carl Veart’s squad face Wellington Phoenix to kick-off 2022.

The last time Stenta’s side played at the venue was when the Reds defeated Western Sydney Wanderers in front of a recording breaking crowd back in March.

“It’s very exciting,” Stenta told reporters at a press conference.

“We really enjoyed our last experience here which was our final game last year.

“We’re really looking forward to playing back here again, and not just tomorrow but on multiple occasions this season.

“So trying to make it a real home for us.”

Perth has won its opening two matches and Stenta admitted it was difficult to decipher their opponents given they have only played one team in Brisbane Roar.

“It will be a tough game,” he explained.

“They’ve recruited well, they’re well coached.

“Bit hard to get a gauge on where they’re at because they’ve only played the one opposition and haven’t played for probably a couple of weeks now.

“But we’re expecting a tough match and a really well-fought contest.”

Recent signing Dylan Holmes is expected to feature after re-joining the team following a stint in Sweden.

“She’s a great person to have amongst the group,” he said.

“A wonderful footballer and she’s fit in really, really well.

“She’s in good condition because she’s come out of the European season, albeit the temperature is a slight adjustment for her being quite hot here.

“But she’s a quality person and a quality player and we’re really excited what she can bring to our team.”

The United boss also confirmed American defender Kayla Sharples will likely make her debut tomorrow.

“Kayla probably could’ve played last week if we wanted to go for a stretch,” he continued.

“But we decided just to be a bit cautious with her, but she’s fit and firing and ready to go for tomorrow.”

Match details:
Saturday, 1 January vs Perth Glory
Liberty A-League 2021/22 – Round 5
Kick-off 4.35pm ACDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Stream: Paramount+