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Reds can cover red cards: coach Gombau

Adelaide United can cover the losses of two key players for Friday night's A-League grudge match against Melbourne Victory, coach Josep Gombau says.

Reds recruit Isaias Sanchez and defender Nigel Boogard will miss the fixture after being red-carded in Adelaide's season-opening 3-1 win against Perth Glory on Sunday.

Adelaide joined Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar as victors in a bumper opening round, watched by record numbers of spectators.

A total of 100,998 fans attended the opening round, eclipsing the previous record of 93,500 set in last season's first round.

While Adelaide lose Isaias and Boogard, their coach Gombau says the Reds have the depth to replace the suspended duo.

Isaias and Boogard were marched for receiving two yellow cards - among 14 bookings by referee Ben Williams in the match against Perth.

"We lose two players for next week but we have 22 players in the squad and everybody can play. I'm sure that the players that will come in will do very well," Gombau said.

The Spaniard was happy to lodge a win in his A-League debut, but was far from satisfied with the style of the triumph.

"My object isn't to win or lose, it's to create something," he said.

"And we didn't play the style exactly what I want. But this is normal, we are starting out."

In other round two matches, Melbourne Heart meet Central Coast Mariners on Saturday as both clubs seek their first wins of the season, while Brisbane host Sydney FC on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Newcastle Jets host Perth and reigning champions Western Sydney Wanderers host Wellington Phoenix.


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