Reds desperate to get back on the Winners List
12:38 AM Sat 26th Sep, 2009 - Admin
Desperate to get back on the winners list, Adelaide United FC journeys up to tropical Townsville to take on a Robbie Fowler inspired North Queensland Fury on Sunday (27 September 2009) in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season.

The teams shared the points in a pulsating six goal thriller at Hindmarsh Stadium back in Round 4, and just four weeks on, they meet again with The Reds needing all three points to stay in touch with the league’s frontrunners.

With temperatures set to hover in the high twenties and high humidity expected for the 5pm kick-off (AEST) at Dairy Farmers Stadium, United will be faced with unfamiliar conditions, however Coach Aurelio Vidmar says his team still plans to force the issue against the home side.

“There’s no chance of acclimatising so we’re just going to have to make sure we’re hydrated very well,” Vidmar said on how his team would cope with the warm conditions in north Queensland.

After the disappointment of last week’s result against Melbourne Victory, Vidmar says his charges are ready to sweat it out and make their first visit to the region a successful one.

“When you win there’s always confidence and I think that’s what we need, another win and then you can start building on that. They (the players) just need to still believe that they’re capable of playing some decent football and getting a result, and I certainly think we can,” Vidmar said.

“This week at training has been very good so it’s just about going out there, putting in a complete 90 minutes and getting a result.”

With just six goals from seven games, five of which have been at home, Vidmar is fully aware that his team needs to start hitting the target more frequently, but he is confident his side is heading in the right direction and that the goals will come.

“We just need to continue to move forward and do a lot better. Certainly our efficiency in front of goal and the amount of turnovers we have, they’re our biggest concerns, so I know if we can get that right, we’ve certainly got the cattle to win a lot more games,” Vidmar said.

“We just need to play a full 90 minutes, a 90 minutes that is going to be extremely competitive.”

Vidmar has hinted that he is likely to go with the same starting line up that went down to Melbourne last Friday, although Korean midfielder Inseob Shin has been promoted into the 15 man squad after scoring a goal and getting a full 90 minute hit out for United’s Youth Team last weekend.

Despite being unbeaten in their past four matches, the Fury are still searching for their first win at home and they will have further incentive to notch it up against The Reds with marquee signing, former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler, set to make his 400th national league level appearance.

Vidmar, however, is keen for The Reds to spoil the party and after United featured in a pre-season friendly against the Fury in Darwin earlier in the year in conditions similar to those in Townsville, he knows just how valuable a win in the tropical north would be.

“There’s still a long way to go but certainly we’re in a position now where we need to start picking up wins very quickly,” Vidmar said.

“Everything is still pretty tight but two or three wins on the trot makes a massive difference.”

Kick-Off is at 5.00pm AEST (4.30pm ACST) and the match can be seen LIVE on Fox Sports 3.

Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season – Round 8

North Queensland Fury v Adelaide United FC

Sunday 27 September 2009, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville

Kick-Off: 5.00pm AEST (4.30pm ACST)

Referee: Chris Beath

TV: Live and exclusive on FOX Sports 3

Radio: 107.9 Life FM

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 9.CRISTIANO, 10.Adam HUGHES, 11.Lloyd OWUSU, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 16.Inseob SHIN, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 21.Mark RUDAN

In: Inseob SHIN (promoted)

Out: ALEMAO (broken nose – 1 week)

Unavailable: Daniel MULLEN (international duty), Paul REID (thigh/quad – 3 weeks), Michael MARRONE (knee – 4 weeks), Joe COSTA (knee – 6 months)

North Queensland Fury squad: 1.Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2.Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3.Chris TADROSSE, 4.Scott WILSON, 6.Ufuk TALAY, 7.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 8.Shane STEFANUTTO, 9.Robbie FOWLER (c), 11.David WILLIAMS, 12.Jack HINGERT, 14.Chris GROSSMAN, 16.Paul KOHLER, 17.Osama MALIK, 18.James ROBINSON, 19.Daniel MCBREEN, 20.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 21.John TAMBOURAS, 23.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 30.Matt HAM (gk)

*three to be omitted/GK to be omitted*

In: Osama MALIK (promoted), Jack HINGERT (promoted), Justin PASFIELD (promoted), Ufuk TALAY (returns from injury)

Out: Fred AGIUS (not selected)

Unavailable: Karl DODD (Knee – 6 weeks), Jacob TIMPANO (hamstring – indefinite), Jeremy BROCKIE (quadriceps – 2 weeks)

Adelaide United vs. North Queensland Fury – Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record

Played 1 – 1 draw

28-Aug-2009… D 3-3… Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Rd 4 (Hindmarsh Stadium)

At Dairy Farmers Stadium

This will be the first meeting between the two teams at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Last time they met

28-Aug-2009 Round 4, Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season at Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United 3 (Pantelis 23’/90+3’ (pen), Owusu 33’)

North Queensland Fury 3 (Fowler 5’, Daal 83’, McBreen 87’)

Adelaide United last three results

Rd 7. 18-9-2009… L 0-2… vs. Melbourne Victory (Hindmarsh Stadium)

Rd 6. 11-9-2009… W 1-0… vs. Central Coast Mariners (Hindmarsh Stadium)

Rd 5. 4-9-2009… D 1-1… vs. Wellington Phoenix (Westpac Stadium)
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