Reds ready for recall
Red cards and injuries will more than likely see fringe Socceroos Scott Jamieson and Robbie Cornthwaite recalled for Adelaide United's Round-24 clash against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
Red cards and injuries to team-mates will more than likely see fringe Socceroos Scott Jamieson and Robbie Cornthwaite recalled for Adelaide United's Round-24 clash against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
Jamieson is the logical replacement for left back Cassio who injured his calf in the Reds' match against Perth Glory on Tuesday, while Cornthwaite could work his way into the side after defender Iain Fyfe received a red card in the same match.
United will also need someone to cover for Lucas Pantelis who also received a send-off in the loss to Perth.
Coach Aurelio Vidmar said a change in personnel and a quick turnaround between matches could be the best remedy for a side stinging from a disappointing game against Perth.
Adelaide led 2-0 early in the second half before Perth came storming home with three goals in 15 minutes.
"We just lost the plot at that stage didn't we? We were just under pressure and we couldn't put our foot on the ball and they had some fierce momentum going forward and at the end we threw everyone up front and it could've been anything at the end," he said.
Captain Travis Dodd said his side shouldn't use Fyfe's send-off as an excuse for losing.
"It was certainly demoralising going 2-0 up and even playing with 10 men for half-an-hour - we did it against Sydney for 80 minutes or something - there was no reason why we couldn't hold it together and win the game," he said.
"With what was on the line, finals hopes, basically all or nothing, it opens up a seven-point gap to sixth spot."
"We are professionals and we need to back up for the last four games and still give everything."
"We've still got everything to play for, play for each other."
Adelaide United's attentions will now turn to the upcoming Asian Champions League with the club needing to finalise its squad within the next week or so.