Battling Brisbane take a breather

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou wants his team to make the most of next weekend's Hyundai A-League break to overcome the disappointment of Saturday’s loss and prepare for a push towards finals football

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou wants his team to make the most of next weekend's Hyundai A-League break to overcome the disappointment of Saturday-s loss and prepare for a push towards finals football.

After a hectic month which included four games in two weeks, Brisbane will have a chance to catch their breath this weekend ahead of the final six regular season fixtures.

Despite a disappointing finish to the calendar year, Postecoglou said the team still had plenty to play for in January, with the fight for a top-six finish likely to go down to the wire.

“Its still in our hands”, the Brisbane boss said.

“You look at the position we-re in, we-re certainly in amongst it. Apart from the top three the rest you could just about throw a blanket over.

“(The loss to the Gold Coast) doesnt take away from the fact that we did play well in the two preceding games and picked up a couple of good results.

“We play teams that are all around us in the next few weeks and if we-re good enough well be there.

The 2009/10 campaign has been the most trying since the Roar-s inception, with injuries and suspensions ravaging the club which also saw the departures of Liam Reddy, Charlie Miller and Postecoglou-s predecessor Frank Farina.

But the two-time National Soccer League champion coach said to write the season off would rob the club-s exciting young talent of a chance to develop and prove their mental toughness.

“Sometimes theres an acceptance that its just not our year,” he said. ‘I don-t like that.

“Just saying ‘we-ve had injuries, we-ve changed coaches- you end up accepting your fate a little bit instead of trying to change it.

“I certainly don-t want these young players this year saying its just been a bad year and wipe it off to experience and that-s why we-re not taking our foot off the pedal.

“We-ve still got our destiny in our hands. I want the young players to fight through this.

“There will always be obstacles, whether it-s injuries or form, whatever it is, I want them to show that they-re capable of overcoming it.”

Brisbane could enter 2010 sitting just outside the top six, depending on the result between the Central Coast Mariners and Wellington on Thursday.

What remains certain, however, is that the players will greet the new year with hard work on the training pitch in an effort to book a third consecutive finals appearance.

“I think it-ll be a good two weeks for us,” Postecoglou said.

“We-ve got six games to go and really from now on we can give it everything.”

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