Andrew packed and ready to Roar

Returning defender Andrew Packer believes Brisbane Roar can overcome the odds and secure a result against Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday.

Returning defender Andrew Packer believes Brisbane Roar can overcome the odds and secure a result against Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday.

The experienced full back will travel with the squad to the Harbour City in the hope of making his long awaited return to the pitch against his former club.

However, he is likely to face a baptism of fire, with the second-placed Sky Blues bruised after losing to Adelaide last week and hot favourites to bounce back against Brisbane.

“Everyone has written us off and it is going to be tough,” Packer admitted.

“I think it-s fair enough, we-ve got a lot of guys out, we-ve lost Moorey (Craig Moore) this weekend and it is going to be a tough ask.

“But we-ll be going there to get a result and, who knows, we can come away with the three points, definitely.

“The last couple of weeks have been tough with the change of coach and the shock of losing (former coach) Frank (Farina), but this week you can see we-ve really turned it around.

“The new gaffer-s come in and he-s really put his own stamp on the place and it looks really good.

“The guys that maybe didn-t get a chance before have stepped up and we senior guys know we-ve got to be on our game. A new coach brings challenges for everyone and I think it-s been fantastic.”

New coach in question Ange Postecoglou said although Packer was unlikely to last a full match, his return was good news with the team facing a number of key absentees again this week.

Captain Moore is suspended (five yellow cards), while injury has robbed the squad of Danny Tiatto, Bob Malcolm and Charlie Miller, with question marks also over Ivan Franjic.

Postecoglou said despite the disruptions the Roar could still get a result if they worked hard.

“We-ve just got to battle through it,” he said. “The reality of it is we-ve lost three games in a row and we-ve got to stop that.

“It-s going to be a tough game in Sydney. They had a bit of a hiccup last week but they-re a good side, they-ve been probably the most consistent out of all the teams this year.

“You-re effort-s got to be there every week and it-s going to be a tough ask but from another point of view, if you do go there and get a result it gives you a massive confidence (boost) going into the following week.”

Brisbane Roar-s match against Sydney FC kicks off at 4pm AEST at the Sydney Football Stadium and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.

Travelling fans are encouraged to support the table-topping Roar Women in the curtain-raiser, which kicks off at 1.15pm AEST (2.15pm local).

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