Reds Look To Bounce Back

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Dario Vidosic scored the winner against Brisbane last month. Image courtesy of
Adelaide United was given the mother of all wake-up calls by new boys, the Western Sydney Wanderers, on Friday night. In the first 11 rounds of the season, the Reds conceded just ten goals, but the Wanderers put six past Eugene Galekovic, as much maligned striker Mark Bridge posted a stunning hat-trick. It was the third worst loss in club history, but John Kosmina’s side has been too good so far this season to allow one shocking result to derail its season.

Brisbane , on the other hand, has been immeasurably poor for a team coming off the back of two title-winning seasons, and Roar’s misery continued on Friday night when Perth snuck home with a 1-0 victory at Suncorp Stadium. The fact Steven McGarry found the back of the net from well outside the box, compounded by Brisbane missing three chances from near point blank range in the second half, left skipper Matt Smith fuming after the game.

Smith’s defensive cohort Jack Hingert will miss the clash with the Reds after sustaining a hip injury late in Friday night’s match. New coach Mike Mulvey has signalled he’ll be active in the transfer window next month, so a number of Brisbane players could be playing for their future in the coming weeks.

Adelaide allowed Wanderers star Shinji Ono to dictate terms in their 6-1 defeat, and you can bet your bottom dollar Kosmina won’t allow his players to give Brisbane’s talisman Thomas Broich the same latitude. Broich has been down on form this season, but was as good in the second half against Perth as he has been all season.

Adelaide has been unstoppable at Hindmarsh Stadium this season posting five wins alongside a 1-1 draw with Perth. The Reds conjured up a 1-0 win against Brisbane in early November thanks to an early goal from Dario Vidosic, but Roar has been nothing short of cannon fodder on the road. Two draws from six games is all the men in orange have to show for their dismal efforts away from home this season.

Besart Berisha remains the key to Brisbane’s performance; if he can rediscover his goalscoring touch, then his team is organised enough at the back – as shown by the fact they’ve allowed just three goals in their past four games – to hold on for the win. It’s an unlikely prospect against a Reds team that will be looking to put the Western Sydney nightmare behind them as quickly as possible. 

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