Stenta applauds side for second half adjustments

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Adelaide United coach Adrian Stenta says after his side’s narrow loss to Canberra United last round, the 1-0 win over Perth Glory was impressive.

The side kick started their W-League campaign at home with the win, following their 4-3 loss to Canberra last week.

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Pundits were questioning the side’s defence, but the Lady Reds responded with a clean sheet and a dominant second-half display.

Stenta said it was great to witness.

“I just think it was great that they were able to mentally rebound from what happened last week because it was a tough loss and it hurt us as a group,” he said.

It was a tight first half between the Glory and United with both teams having plenty of attacking opportunities. 

Glory’s Lily Alfeld and United’s Sian Fryer-McLaren were both impenetrable in goals and saved their sides on several occasions during the opening half. 

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Although the first 45-minutes was a close contest, the Lady Reds put on a clinic in the second half. 

“We prepared to play Perth in a particular way and it wasn’t quite working so we changed a couple of things at half-time,” Stenta said.

“I thought our second-half performance was much better than the first and almost the complete opposite of what happened last week.”

Glory forward Gemma Craine was troubling the Adelaide defence in the first half before they limited her output following a tactical intervention by the United coach. 

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Despite having success through the middle of the ground, Stenta encouraged his side to work down all three sides of the pitch. 

When asked about the tactical change, Stenta said it came about at half time.

She was getting in behind and causing us a few problems, we tried to protect that space a bit more in the second half and give our back four some help,” he said.

“All you can do is give the girls instructions about what you want and I thought they really stuck to the task and followed through in the second-half.”

United rises to third with their first win of the season, while the Glory falls to eighth following the 1-0 result. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta http://gty.im/1295446418

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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