Fiona Worts admitted while it is disappointing not to have Head Coach Adrian Stenta in the dugout against Melbourne City on Saturday, Adelaide United will be able to cope with his absence.
The Reds boss tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the crucial clash, but Worts said his unavailability will not impact the team’s preparation with Assistant Coach Joe Mullen taking the reins.
“I think obviously it’s disappointing he’s not going to be out at training with us going into the game,” the English striker told reporters at a press conference.
“But we’ve got a lot of fantastic staff members including Joe (Mullen) who will step into the role seamlessly.
“So I don’t think it will be an issue for us going into the game.”
City defeated Adelaide 3-1 a week before Christmas last year, though Worts suggested the result flattered the hosts on that afternoon.
“I think going into the game it’s going to be a tough game, they’ve been performing well,” Worts said.
“But definitely we’ve been getting better as the weeks go, and I think the last game we had against them this season maybe the score wasn’t quite reflective.
“Without conceding those early goals in the first-half, definitely have a chance of coming up with three points this time.”
The 25-year-old, in her second season with the Club, has been in superb form of late, scoring one goal and notching a further two assists in her past two games.
She also found the back-of-the-net in the opening round of the campaign.
“I’m pretty happy with my form so far,” she said.
“I definitely want more goals, more assists.
“As long as we’re picking the points up that’s the most important thing.”
Saturday, 15 January vs Melbourne City
Liberty A-League 2021/22 – Matchweek 7
Kick-off 4.35pm ACDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium