Thwaite on formations and tonight's match

Michael Thwaite says the team is refreshed after having the week off and have been adapting well to some of the tactical changes Josep Gombau has made. 

With the Red & Black now implementing a more attacking style of play under head coach Josep Gombau, Thwaite explained some of the changes the squad has been adjusting to in the midfield.

"The biggest change for us is going from two number sixes to one six," he said. 

"But you know it's 11 players on the pitch but in any moment of the game, the formation can be a variety of different formations.

"We still play 4-3-3 and nothing really changes that way, it's only really the midfield that has changed. 

"He wants to play an attacking brand and his mindset is to score more than the opposition. 

"So there's going to be a lot of goals in the future."


Adelaide head into tonight's match after a disappointing loss to Sydney FC in the Westfield FFA Cup final on Tuesday night. 

Despite this the result and the short turn-around, Thwaite is expecting a strong performance from The Reds who have proven to have a strong team spirit.

"I think they had a good win against the Mariners and I think from their last game in the Cup final it could have gone either way.

"They've got a lot of solidarity in their team and their coach has a lot of experience as a player as well."