Attention turns to Mariners

Rado Vidosic says the Brisbane Roar players are beginning to recover from the shock of Frank Farina’s departure and turn their minds to Saturday night’s match at Suncorp Stadium.

Rado Vidosic says the Brisbane Roar players are beginning to recover from the shock of Frank Farina-s departure and turn their minds to Saturday night-s match at Suncorp Stadium.

Farina-s former right-hand man will take charge of the team until a replacement is appointed, which is likely to mean another spell at the helm when the Central Coast Mariners visit on Saturday.

Home support will be crucial for the Roar, with ticket prices reduced and under-15s allowed free entry when accompanied by a paying adult (details here).

Vidosic said the team was understandably shell-shocked during yesterday-s training session but that the signs this morning were more positive.

“It was hard for them to learn about Frank not being part of our future anymore, just before the training session (yesterday),” Vidosic said.

“So we always knew that training session was going to be a little bit down.

“But today, to their credit, they did much, much better and I hope they-re just going to build on that tomorrow and, fingers crossed, we-re going to perform well on Saturday.”

Having survived Miron Bleiberg-s departure that led to Farina-s appointment three years ago, Vidosic said he would draw upon that experience in coping with the situation.

“This is the second time I-m living through a week like that,” he said.

“We can try to hide it and say ‘it-s not hard, it did not affect people-, but it does affect people and it is hard.”

He added the senior players would be crucial in steadying the ship, in particular skipper Craig Moore, who returns from Socceroos duty to lead the side.

“This time around we-ve got more mature players - senior players who have probably gone through something like that in their careers,” Vidosic said.

“So maybe they can draw on that experience from the past and lead us through the game.

“Obviously we expect Craig Moore to come in and hopefully the good result and excellent performance that he had (for the Socceroos) will lift us even more.”

Brisbane have recent history in their favour and will be looking for a fifth consecutive win against the Gosford club.

The match kicks off at 5.30pm Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.