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We need to match, and raise their intensity

Adelaide United Head Coach, Adrian Stenta is expecting a tight and hard-fought contest against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

Stenta has been pleased that his squad have been able to get some extra tactical work done at training this week, with all signs pointing to an enthralling encounter at ServiceFM Stadium.

Stenta confirmed that Jenna McCormick and Katie Bowler are both a chance to feature after they were afforded some extra time to recover from their niggles given United’s packed schedule of three games in eight days in the past week.

On the point earned in Brisbane:

“We felt like we were able to create some really strong chances against the Roar away and we were able to score one as well, so a pleasing aspect for us was that creation of goal-scoring opportunities.

“To come back from a goal down on the road, especially after the recent rough run that we’ve had, was a huge positive.

“The fact that the girls finished the game so strongly to being our third game in a week, was a really great sign for our conditioning.”

Eyes on Victory rivalry and a big home crowd:

“The squad’s feeling really good; everyone’s in a positive mindset and looking forward to a big game at home to Victory and playing in front of our fans at ServiceFM again.

“It’s going to be a challenge for sure, as most games in this league are, so we expect them to come here and be fired up for the fight.

“Victory can be a difficult side to score against, but we have been working hard on a few things tactically in training that we feel can give us an advantage.

“We’re going to need to match, and raise, their intensity and effort if we’re going to get something out of the game.

“Hopefully it’s a tight, entertaining affair and we get a really good crowd out to support us because that really lifts the team.”