Undermanned United wants 3 points against Arnie's Army in Gosford
4:05 PM Sat 14th Aug, 2010 - Admin
Adelaide United FC is preparing to front up against the Hyundai A-League’s early pacesetters from the first weekend of season six, when they face the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Sunday 15 August 2010 (Kick-Off 2.30pm ACST).
The Mariners were the only team to lock away all three points in Week 1, as four of the five matches ended all square, including United’s scoreless draw with Newcastle Jets.
Although the Reds were victorious on their last visit to Bluetongue Stadium back to the final round of the 2008/09 season, United Head Coach Rini Coolen knows overcoming a Mariners outfit coached by former Qantas Socceroos boss Graham Arnold and keen to impress in their first home outing of the season, will be a difficult assignment.
“It will be a tough game, that’s for sure,” Coolen said.
“I saw the game they (the Mariners) won against Melbourne Heart, it was a hard and tough game, so they have a lot of confidence now.”
Looking ahead to Sunday, Coolen will be hoping the Reds, led by striker Sergio van Dijk, can manufacture more efforts on target after it was an area that let United down against the Jets.
While the Reds are still hampered by a host of players recovering from injury, the return of playmaker Marcos Flores, who was a late withdrawal against Newcastle, is sure to add potency in the attacking third.
Coolen found a number of positives against the Jets despite United failing to find the back of the net, and he maintains that the Reds will chase a win against the Mariners rather than be content with a point on the tough road trip.
“We didn’t lose our first game. It wasn’t a good game but we didn’t lose it,” Coolen stated.
“At the start of the competition you have to win games, it doesn’t matter how, you have to get points, so we have to go for a result.”
“Every game you have to go for three points, even if it’s away, so we’re going to fight for the three points, you have to start with that.”
With Coolen still in the early stages of his coaching tenure in Adelaide and the season just one week old, the Dutchman believes it will take time before every team starts to click on the field, hence the importance of securing points early on in the piece.
“Especially now in the first weeks of the competition, everybody is looking at their system and a way to play better and better every week, so I think it is important at the start of the season is to win games, it doesn’t matter how, and then you can start getting confidence and playing better football as the weeks go on,” Coolen said.
Coolen will be required to reshuffle his defence after the ankle injury to Nigel Boogaard, who was set to face his line up against his former side on Sunday.
“Training has been really positive so we’ll make a decision (on the starting eleven) once we get to Gosford,” Coolen said.
Hyundai A-League 2010/11 Season – Week 2
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United FC
Sunday 15 August 2010, Bluetongue Stadium
Kick-Off: 3.00pm AEST (2.30pm ACST)
Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
TV: Live and exclusive on FOX Sports 3
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 15.Francsco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON
In: Marcos FLORES (returns from injury)
Out: Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 12 weeks)
Unavailable: Robert CORNTHWAITE (groin – 1 week), Travis DODD (groin – 7 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee – indefinite), Fabian BARBIERO (ankle – 4 weeks)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Jess VANSTRATTAN (gk), 2.Daniel MCBREEN, 3.Joshua ROSE, 4.Pedj BOJIC, 5.Brad PORTER, 6.Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7.John HUTCHINSON, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Nik MRDJA, 10.Patricio PEREZ, 11.Oliver BOZANIC, 12.Matthew LEWIS, 14.Michael McGLINCHEY, 18.Alex WILKINSON (c), 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Mathew RYAN (gk), 23.Adam KWASNIK
*two to be omitted*
In: Joshua ROSE (transfer clearance), Patricio PEREZ (return from injury)
Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League HEAD TO HEAD Record
Played 16 – 6 wins, 5 draws, 5 losses
15-Jan-2010… D 1-1… 2009/10 Season Rd 23 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
31-Oct-20009… D 0-0… 2009/10 Season Rd 13 (Canberra Stadium)
11-Sep-2009… W 1-0… 2009/10 Season Rd 6 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
25-Jan-2009… W 1-0… 2008/09 Season Rd 21 (Bluetongue Stadium)
15-Nov-2008… L 0-3… 2008/09 Season Rd 11 (Bluetongue Stadium)
3-Oct-2008… D 3-3… 2008/09 Season Rd 7 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
14-Dec-2007… L 1-2… 2007/08 Season Rd 17 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
10-Nov-2007… L 0-2… 2007/08 Season Rd 12 (Bluetongue Stadium)
30-Sep-2007… W 2-1… 2007/08 Season Rd 6 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
21-Jan-2007… W 3-1… 2006/07 Season Rd 21 (Bluetongue Stadium)
25-Nov-2006… L 0-2… 2006/07 Season Rd 14 (Bluetongue Stadium)
6-Oct-2006… W 3-1… 2006/07 Season Rd 7 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
26-Feb-2006… L 0-1… 2005/06 Preliminary Final (Hindmarsh Stadium)
20-Jan-2006… D 1-1… 2005/06 Season Rd 19 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
13-Nov-2005… W 2-1… 2005/06 Season Rd 12 (Bluetongue Stadium)
25-Sep-2005… D 1-1… 2005/06 Season Rd 5 (Hindmarsh Stadium)
At Bluetongue Stadium
Played 6; Adelaide United 3, Central Coast Mariners 3, Draws 0
Last time they met in the Hyundai A-League
15-Jan-2010 Round 23, Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season at Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United 1 (Dodd 43’)
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Mrdja 39’ (pen))
Source: Adelaide United
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