Desperate Reds to ‘bite, scratch and pinch’ Jets

Powerful Adelaide United centre-back Taylor Regan has called on his team-mates to “bite, scratch and pinch” Newcastle Jets as the Reds aim for their third win of the Hyundai A-League season.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, the reigning champions are bottom of the table and 10 points adrift of the Hyundai A-League’s top six.

Adelaide host Newcastle on Friday night looking to end a four-game winless run and bounce back from last week’s 5-0 thumping from Perth Glory, while Regan also underlined the importance of regaining some confidence ahead of the start of the AFC Champions League (ACL) next week.

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The 28-year-old defender, who is likely to start against his former club in place of the injured Iacopo La Rocca, insists the Reds aren’t as bad as their 2016-17 form suggests.

Taylor Regan (Reds)

“We have everything a good squad needs,” Regan said.

“We need momentum, we need results and winning’s a habit. Right now, we don’t have that habit.

“Tomorrow we need to bite them, scratch them, pinch them, do whatever we have to do to win.”

Adelaide will begin their 2017 ACL campaign against Japan’s Gamba Osaka on Wednesday, while they visit China’s Jiangsu Suning on March 1.

With each of those matches coming before the J.League and Chinese Super League’s respective opening rounds, Regan reckons his side have a good chance to start Group H with positive results.

“The ACL’s a bit of a fresh start too… there’s a Chinese team in Newcastle at the moment that have just drawn and lost, and that’s against NPL sides,” he said.

#ADLvPER - Adelaide United is undefeated in their last six home Hyundai A-League games against Perth Glory (W4, D2), conceding only two goals in their last four.

“So it’s a different league, you know, it’s a different feel about it. It’s not as physical as the A-League and as demanding and they’re in off-season.

“So we worry about that when it comes Wednesday but if we can get a good result tomorrow night here in front of the fans it gives the fans something to cheer even more on Wednesday.”

Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor has named new midfielder Kim Jae-sung in his squad to face the Jets, while Senegalese forward Baba Diawara has been left out after only two training sessions with the Reds since arriving in Australia this week.

Regan has been impressed by what the two imports have already added to the atmosphere in Adelaide.

“A few fresh faces arriving and things like that – it always cheers the mood up – and they’re good characters,” he said.

Kim Jae-sung.

“Baba, obviously, speaks Spanish better than he speaks English and Kim’s a character. He giggles at everything, even if he doesn’t know what’s being said he’s still giggling.

“At the moment the mood is ok. For the situation that it is, the mood’s good.”