Newcastle not underestimating Asian-bound Adelaide

Adelaide United have done what no other Australian club ever has but Newcastle are maintaining focus on aspects only they can control in this week’s important A-League clash.

The Reds created history on Wednesday when they beat Japanese club Kashima Antlers to progress to the semi finals of the Asian Champions League but their opponents the Jets aren’t worrying about that and are putting all their efforts into tomorrow evening’s match.

Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond was purely focused on his own side’s performance but was aware of the Reds recent good form.

He said, “We’re not really going to buy too much into it, I’ll be honest with you, and we’re really just going to concentrate on us.

“It’s most important for us to get our tactics right and the way that we approach the game. They’re going to be a very, very good team, no matter who they put out.”

The Reds have been on the road for their last few outings, with trips to Japan and then Sydney before Wednesday night’s home leg in the ACL, and the fact that they would’ve settled back in to a normal routine is in the back of van Egmond’s mind.

“It’s going to be a bit of a different scenario with the fact that they don’t have to travel.

“It depends on what Viddie’s (Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar) going to do in regards to his squad and how he’s going to play it. He opted for a rotational system when he played Sydney, he may do the same, he may not.

“We can’t worry about that. We’ve got to worry about us, we’ve got to make sure that we’re right with what we’re doing and build on the performances, especially of the last 2 weeks, when we’ve kept two clean sheets and we’ve had a win.”

The game will provide extra incentive for the Jets as it is star striker Joel Griffith’s 50th A-League appearance but will be without import Edmundo Zura who is expected to miss one week with a back injury. Danish striker Jesper Hakansson returns along with veteran midfielder Noel Spencer.

The Reds welcome back a host of players from last week’s 3-0 loss to Sydney including skipper Travis Dodd, key defender Angelo Costanzo, vice captain Lucas Pantelis and Brazilian striker Diego.

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