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Veart: No extra motivation needed

Adelaide United Head Coach, Carl Veart, says his side needs no additional motivation ahead of Friday night’s Elimination Final against Wellington Phoenix.
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Adelaide United Head Coach, Carl Veart, says his side needs no additional motivation ahead of Friday night’s Elimination Final against Wellington Phoenix.

The Reds go into the do-or-die clash having beaten the Nix 5-1 in their most recent encounter in Round 21.

Veart has been able to bolster his squad by naming Hiroshi Ibusuki, Zach Clough, and Jay Barnett for the match – all of whom missed United’s 4-1 loss to Central Coast Mariners last week.

Speaking to media at Coopers Stadium on Thursday morning, Veart was positive ahead of the game.

His selection:
“Everyone’s available to play.

“We’ve done some work with a couple of different combinations this week.

“I haven’t finalised the starting XI at this stage.

“I’ve still got a few things that I need to sort out before I finalise the team.”

Recent weeks:
“It’s just a one off game.

“People talk about last week, but we finished third and it’s the best finish we’ve had as a club for seven years.

“We’ve had a fantastic season and tomorrow night we have to make sure we play the brand of football we have all season.”

Finals motivation:
“You don’t need added motivation for finals games.

“They’re the games that are the big games where the big players stand up and they’re also games for players to make a name for themselves.

“You don’t need extra motivation for these games.

“I’ve played in a lot of finals myself and, in the end, it’s your own preparation, it’s your own desire to have success.

“I know the team wants to have success and it’s important tomorrow night that we just carry on and have that belief that we’ve had all season.”

Nix threats:
“They’ve got a very good attacking force.

“(Oskar) Zawada has scored a lot of goals this year and he was missing last time we played them.

“So that’s a big plus for them coming into tomorrow night’s game.

“We have to make sure that we don’t allow them to take too much control of the game because when they have control of games, they’re a very dangerous side play against.”