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Stenta looks ahead to Wanderers clash

Adelaide United Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, previews his side’s trip to Western Sydney to take-on the winless Wanderers.

Adelaide United Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, previews his side’s trip to Western Sydney to take-on the winless Wanderers.

Having suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at home last weekend to Western United, Stenta and his squad are looking for a positive reaction this Sunday to get back on track in season 2022/23.

Responding to the loss:
“The girls have responded really well.

“It’s always tough to come away from a game with a result like that, especially when you’ve put so much into it.

“We didn’t play until the final whistle.

“We switched off in a couple of defensive moments and probably didn’t take some of the chances fell our way too.

“It was a really tough, hard, physical game and I thought we battled quite well for the majority of it, but the response this week has been pleasing.

“So we’ll learn from that and put it into this week.”

Proactive in attack:
“The plan is to create and to finish the chances.

“If we can do that, it takes a lot of pressure off our defensive game.

“But it doesn’t matter to me who’s in the team, who’s not, who’s coming back or not, or even who scores the goals.

“We just need to be better at every phase of the game and if we are better, we’ll get the result.”

Injury update:
“It was really unfortunate for Ella (Tonkin) because she started the season really well and she’s shown a lot of progress since returning to us from the off-season.

Nanako Sasaki narrowly missed out on playing against Western Sydney due to injury.

“She’s a fantastic person and a great player.

“Her injury is probably going to be a little longer-term.

“Nanako (Sasaki) could have possibly played this week, but we didn’t want to risk her with the longer season.

“She’ll be a big loss as well, but I’ve spoken before about the depth of the squad and we’ve got a lot of quality throughout every position, so we’ll be able to cover those losses with top-quality players.”

Wondering in Wanderland:
“It’s going to be a really hardly fought contest.

“In my time (with Adelaide United) we’ve always had some tough, close matches with Western Sydney.

“We’re not going to expect anything less (this time).

“Travelling away from home is always difficult too, so we’ll go there and give it our best effort because we think our best is good enough (to win).”