Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has explained the thinking behind a minor tactic tweak following his side's convincing 3-0 win against Central Coast in the FFA Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday night.
In comparison to many of the Reds’ games last season, their display against the Mariners allowed for a fresh approach.
New centre back pairing Jordan Elsey and ex-Denmark international Michael Jakobsen was complimented nicely with youngster Ryan Strain and new addition Scott Galloway in the wide defensive positions.
It was through the new centre-back pairing and wide threats which saw a minor change in tactics for Adelaide – less long balls from defence and an enhanced focus on quick and precise wide build-up play.
When asked if the new season has brought a new direction, Kurz said: “It depends on the opponent.
"They (Mariners) are very strong in the centre, and we had to play wide to our full backs.
“If we can, we will search for the first ball to the striker (from centre backs) – but when the centre is closed, we have to find another solution.”
On Wednesday's evidence, new players Ken Ilso, Mirko Boland and Craig Goodwin have added tactical nous.
Adding to the impressive display from United was the fact that they were missing several players, including George Blackwood, Nikola Mileusnic and Baba Diawara.
“Baba is not 100 per cent match fit, his injury history is not the best," Kurz said.
"I’m very calm with the boy, I’ll set him seriously for the season."
Mileusnic and Blackwood both sat this clash out through injury.