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Vidmar absence will not affect Adelaide players

Adelaide United players will not be affected by coach Aurelio Vidmar's absence on the weekend.

Vidmar received a two-match touchline ban and a $10,000 fine for comments he made last week about 'beheading his players like they would do in Saudi Arabia' if they did not perform well.

This weekend against North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Vidmar will be watching from the crowd but believes the players can do the job without him.

"All our preparation is done during the course of the week, there's very little in terms of preparation that we do before a game anyway and that's my style," Vidmar said.

"I don't want to leave it to the last minute, give players a million things to worry about because that's not conducive to them preparing for the game."

Vidmar will essentially swap positions with assistant coach Phil Stubbins and says it will be interesting to see how his team moves the ball from a higher vantage point.

"You certainly get a different perspective from the stands absolutely and that's why Phil generally sits up there for the majority of the game," he added.

"It gives a good outlook in terms of what you've worked on during the week. Unfortunately there can't be any feedback from me so nothing has really changed for us.

"I'd love to be downstairs, because you get a better feel for the intensity of the game than you do from the stands, but that will give me a little bit of a different perspective on what's happening with our movement."

Vidmar was remaining cautious of a Fury outfit that despite getting beaten easily last week, are capable of producing goals.

"Although Central Coast beat them 5-1 it could have been anything really. The Fury had two very good chances before Central Coast scored and they hit the crossbar twice and they had two one-on-ones with Vukovic that Danny saved," Vidmar said.

"So certainly they are going to create a lot of chances and they always have.

"If there are gaps in the defence then that's certainly an area we can exploit."

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