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Reds ready for finals charge: Amor

  • Reds ready for finals charge: Amor

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor believes Wellington Phoenix are the "most difficult" team in the A-League - so he was understandably thrilled with the Reds' 3-0 win over the Kiwis as they look to revive their playoff aspirations.

Saturday evening's win over Wellington stretched United's unbeaten run to four.

Former Barcelona man Amor sees the Phoenix as one of the best sides in the competition, and Adelaide is now just one spot below them in seventh on the table.

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"For me they are the team (that is) most difficult in the league," Amor said after the home victory.

"They have good players (who are) dangerous and fast and it's a difficult game."

The Reds now turn their attention to Friday night's clash at Pirtek Stadium against competition pace-setters Western Sydney Wanderers.

United could welcome back a host of key players including Osama Malik and Eli Babalj, while Iacopo La Rocca could also be in contention for a return against his former side.

Amor potentially faces a selection dilemma ahead of the match against the Wanderers, who haven't lost since the third round.

"This is good, it's good for the group," Amor said.

"It's more competition, generally it's better for us to recover players. It's good news always."

Wellington were forced to see out the final 33 minutes on Saturday evening with 10 men following the dismissal of Albert Riera, leaving coach Ernie Merrick to lament what might have been.

Phoenix had looked the better side in the first half but conceded an own goal on the stroke of halftime and failed to find the net early in the second half despite some promising moments before the send-off.

Riera had strong claims for a penalty waved away almost immediately after the restart, before Phoenix were denied a certain goal when Roy Krishna's shot from close range was cleared off the line by Dylan McGowan.

"I thought the first half we did really well but conceded a goal through our own fault," Merrick said.

"Then the second half I don't know how we missed that opportunity, how Roy missed the goal.

"If we'd scored then and got the equaliser I think we would've gone on from there."

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