Adelaide United FC’s creativity and attacking prowess has been enhanced for its Harvey Norman Friday Night Football match against the Western Sydney Wanderers with the inclusion of Argentinean duo Marcelo Carrusca and Jeronimo.
Unable to register a shot on target in last weekend’s defeat to the Central Coast Mariners after the reigning champions’ early goal allowed them to lock down and suffocate any threatening Reds move forward, the return of Carrusca and Jeronimo from adductor strains is sure to give United added potency going forward.
Prior to being ruled out of the trip to Gosford, Jeronimo’s strike rate was three goals from the Reds’ opening two games of the season.
Carrusca’s injury has seen him miss United’s last two matches and initially it was thought he may only be ready for action in Saturday week’s home game against the Newcastle Jets, but he has recovered well and is showing no sign of the injury that has prevented his impact so far in Season 9.
“They can play and most probably they will start,” Coach Josep Gombau stated of the duo.
“I’m sure they will help because last week we had the ball, we had the control but we didn’t have many chances, we didn’t shoot on target which is something we need to fix, and they will help us improve it.”
Gombau is fully aware of the many aspects his team needs to work on if they are to be a chance on Friday night. The Reds boss will continue to encourage the high possession game his team played against the Mariners but be looking for more attacking intent.
“We need to improve tactically in our attacking movements, so the mentality of the players is not just to keep the ball but to try to progress in the game,” Gombau said.
“In saying that, the Mariners were very good defensively, they did a good job and made it hard for us after they scored a goal early.”
“Every single game we go to win and when we are playing away we still think we can win and we are trying to grow our style.”
The Wanderers opened their win account last Friday night in a 2-0 triumph over Sydney FC, and the Premiers Plate holders will be eager to back it up with another three points in front of the Wanderland faithful.
While it will be Gombau’s first time to Pirtek Stadium, he got a glimpse of what will greet the Reds on Friday night when United played the Wanderers in a pre season match, a 1-1 result in Penrith.
That day saw over 8,000 Wanderers fans turn out and with Pirtek Stadium set to again be near capacity, Gombau is excited by the challenge that awaits and does not believe the parochial atmosphere will have an daunting effect on his players.
“The feeling that I had when we played them (the Wanderers) in pre season was very good,” Gombau recalls.
“There were a lot of people there, the fans are close to the players, but I think when you are playing and if you are concentrating on your job, you’re not thinking of what’s happening outside the field.”
Hyundai A-League 2012/13 Season – Round 4
Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United FC
Friday, 1 November 2013
Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:00pm ACDT)
Referee: Jarred Gillett
TV: Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD and SBS 2
Radio: Live coverage on 702 ABC Sydney, Grandstand Digital and online at www.abc.net.au/grandstand
Twitter: http://twitter.com/adelutd_fc (hash-tag #WSWvADL)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.JERONIMO, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 13.Steven LUSTICA, 14.Cameron WATSON, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Michael ZULLO, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Jordan ELSEY
**One to be omitted**
Ins: 7.JERONIMO (returns from injury), 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (returns from injury)
Outs: 24.Brent McGRATH (contract ends), 25.Ryan KITTO (returns to Youth Team)
Unavailable: 16.Daniel BOWLES (ankle – 6 weeks)
Western Sydney Wanderers Squad: 1.Ante COVIC (GK), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Adam D’APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Michael BEAUCHAMP (c), 6.Jerome POLENZ, 7.Labinot HALITI, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Tomi JURIC, 10.Aaron MOOY, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 18.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Jerrad TYSON (GK), 21.Shinji ONO, 23.Jason TRIFIRO
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC (promoted), 23.Jason TRIFIRO (promoted), 10.Aaron MOOY (returns from injury)
Outs: 17.Youssouf HERSI (foot – 1 week)
Unavailable: 15.Yianni Perkatis (knee – 1 week), 16.Josh Barresi (leg – 1 week), 14.Kwabena Appiah (leg – 1 week)
Adelaide United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record
Played 3 – 1 win, 2 losses
3-Feb-2013… L 2-4… 2012/13 Wk 19 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
21-Dec-2012… L 1-6… 2012/13 Wk 12 (Parramatta Stadium)
12-Oct-2012… W 1-0… 2012/13 Wk 2 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
At Pirtek Stadium
Played 1; Western Sydney 1
Last time they met in the Hyundai A-League
3-Feb-2013 Week 19, Hyundai A-League 2012/13 Season at Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United FC 2 (Djite 61’, Ramsay 87’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (Hersi 43’/53’, Bridge 45’, Poljak 68’)