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Veart’s Reds ready for Hindmarsh homecoming

Carl Veart speaks to media at Coopers Stadium ahead of Round 4.

Adelaide United Head Coach, Carl Veart, said his side is prepared for a tough test against Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Despite being winless in the opening three matches this season, Veart’s squad have played some very promising football.

And Veart believes, in conjunction with hard work on the training pitch and a positive attitude amongst the group, it will culminate in a quality showing for the team’s first home game of the season.

Glory assessment:
“They’ve had a fairly good start to the season.

“And it’s very similar to ours (being) on the road (a lot) and this will be their fourth away game in a row.

“They’ve picked up some good points, so we’re expecting them to come here full of confidence and make it very difficult for us.”

Plan of attack:
“We go all out for every game we play.

“I think already this year, in the three games that we’ve played, we’ve started a little bit more offensively than what we did last year.

“That’s just a little bit of the players still getting used to being a bit more aggressive with our play than what we were last year, even though we were quite an attacking side last year.

Craig Goodwin preparing for matchday at Coopers Stadium.

“Hopefully we can score a few more goals tomorrow because that’s wins football matches and that’s what’s let us down a little bit in the first two or three games

“But (it is) something that we’ve been really working on and the playing group are really conscious of it, and taking a little bit more time with the finishing (in training).”

Center-back update:
“Ben (Warland) and (Alexandar Popović) were excellent last week.

“We’ve got good competition for places, so there’s no issues there.

“They both played well, last weekend and I expect them to go well again tomorrow.

“Nick (Ansell) is on the recovery from a long-term injury, he picked up a little niggle in the off-season, and it’s just a matter of him getting a good block of training into him before he’s available for a game.

Nick Ansell is edging closer to making his return to the Reds squad.

“He’s fully-fit at the moment and he’s had a couple of good weeks at training, and he just needs a couple more weeks to get his body right to be able to play.”

Learnings from last week:
“Look, we still wanted the three points last week.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get them in the end, but the effort the boys put in last week was excellent and that’s what we expect from them this week home as well.

Hiroshi Ibusuki is cleared to play against Perth Glory in Round 4 following his rescinded red card.

“It was disappointing that (Hiroshi Ibusuki’s red card) had to go down the path that it did, but we all make mistakes.

“I don’t know what happened with the (Video Assistant Referee) and that it didn’t get fixed on the day, but it’s been fixed now so we move on.”

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