Round 4 Match Preview: BRIvADL


Guillermo Amor and Dylan McGowan agree Adelaide United must turn their season around this weekend against Brisbane Roar and record their first win of the campaign.

With the Reds yet to record a win in the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season following their defeat to Perth Glory last round, Amor stated his side was understandably disappointed.

The Spaniard, however, made clear the team’s confidence and belief has not diminished, saying that from the moment United returned to the training field this week, the squad’s focus was purely on beating the Roar.

“Of course, after the game against Perth, the team was a little bit down, but that’s a normal emotion after a loss,” Amor said.

“But then we came home and got back to training and the first session back was very good from my team. The whole week has been.

“Our focus this week has purely been on the game (with Brisbane) and making sure we play well and get the three points. That’s what’s important and the moment the game starts we’ll be going for it.

“We’ve worked hard all week to make sure we turn things around for us and tomorrow we’ll put out another good XI and we’ll be ready for a good, tough game.”

Amor also admitted Bruce Djite may find himself involved in the match, after training well throughout the week, however the extent of his involvement remains to be seen.

In the past, Djite has performed well against the Roar and scored against the Queensland-based side in the opening round of last season.

And Djite’s attacking prowess potentially returning to the fray will definitely be welcomed by Amor and his men, especially considering there is yet to be a draw between the two sides in their last nine regular meetings, through which one goal has been the defining margin on each occasion.

There is no denying Brisbane’s quality, however, with McGowan highlighting their potency going forward in the opening three rounds. 

Dylan McGowan in training ahead of the Reds clash with the Roar.

McGowan also commented on the nature of the Reds’ attack-minded players, saying their ability to convert goals often relies on how confident they are in scoring, noting that once they’ve found it, the floodgates often open wide.

“We’re going to Brisbane looking to win,” McGowan said.

“Their start has generally been good, but we think we match up well against them and we’ll be hoping for three points.

“In terms of the number of goals they’ve scored, they’ve done well there too. They’ve got a few good players up front and so at the back we’ll really have to be on our toes.

“With our own attacking players, a lot of them are real confidence players and if you get them firing and scoring, then we’ll be fine. The longer it takes the more worried you become about it, but, as I said, we’ve been upbeat and in training we’ve been working on our finishing and creativity, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t come through on Saturday.”

Adelaide United will face Brisbane Roar in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Saturday, 31 October, 2015, at Suncorp Stadium. Kick off is at 7.00pm ACDT.

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