FLYING HIGH: Isaias gets above Melbourne City’s Jacob Melling in the 2-0 win in round 27.
FLYING HIGH: Isaias gets above Melbourne City’s Jacob Melling in the 2-0 win in round 27. Michael Dodge

Reds star knows the blueprint to success

Adelaide United midfielder Isaias believes the key to stopping the Wanderers' attacking juggernaut lies in his team's 4-1 shut-out of Melbourne City in last Friday night's semi-final.

The Reds managed to keep the A-League's Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli quiet for the second time in three weeks, following their 2-0 victory over the same opposition in round 27.

They will have another difficult task on their hands trying to keep Holland international Romeo Castelen from scoring in the grand final after he bagged a hat-trick in the 5-4 semi-final win over the Brisbane Roar in Sunday's other semi-final.

But Spaniard Isaias said his teammates had already discovered a blueprint to stop any team, after the consecutive wins against the high-scoring Melbourne City, adding he couldn't see why coach Guillermo Amor would change the game plan before the season-decider.

"I'm expecting us to play the same sort of game (as last Friday night's win over City)," Isaias said.

The Wanderers will also have no fear playing Adelaide in front of a packed house at Adelaide Oval, with home fans desperate to see their team claim its first championship.

The Reds have twice finished runners-up, while the Wanderers were beaten grand-finalists in 2014.

"If you look at our team, the whole season we were stable and top of the table for a long time," Castelen said.

"We've played some great football, and this won't be any different for us."

There will also be plenty of Wanderers fans in attendance -its supporter group the Red and Black Bloc is known as the most passionate and parochial in the country.

"They are massive. We played a game in Wellington, and I think we had two or three hundred people over there," Castelen said.

"They come in big numbers ... this is amazing."

Castelen added there would be "no problems" with his team recovering from last Sunday's epic extra-time win over the Roar.

Meanwhile, Western Sydney attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols has been cited under the FFA's National Code of Conduct.

The FFA has sought a response from Nichols in relation to his conduct after Western Sydney's win over his former club, with photographs showing him allegedly giving two fingers to the Roar fans after the match.

Nichols won't miss the grand final because he has until May 4, three days after Sunday's decider at the Adelaide Oval, to respond to the FFA.



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