Brisbane to tap into fan power
Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has described the club’s last home game of the season as his squad’s motivating factor ahead of the crucial grudge match against old foes Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has described the club-s last home game of the season as his squad-s motivating factor ahead of the crucial grudge match against old foes Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
Sitting just outside the top six, the Roar need to upset the second placed Sydney FC to kick-start a late finals charge.
However, Postecoglou wanted his players to put aside points and finals spots for one night and play solely for the club-s most important asset - its fans.
“The one major motivation for the players is it-s our last home game,” Postecoglou said.
“Your last home game against a good side and still an outside chance for finals, you really want to put on a good performance.
“We want to finish well at home ... that-s what we have been focusing on and talking about.”
Postecoglou said it had been a ‘tough- season for Roar supporters, acknowledging the efforts of the club-s loyal band of followers.
But with victory a must against their rivals, Postecoglou was adamant his determined squad would leave their fans on Saturday night dreaming of finals aspirations.
“We-ve had a disappointing, tough season, but I reckon it would be even tougher for the home supporters,” he said.
“We-ve got a big game, it-s our last home game ... and our supporters are more likely to feel good about the club if we finish well and give them some hope.
“Obviously when the finals are still there as a carrot, but it-s our last home game in front of our crowd ... and that-s our main motivation.” Roar top marksman Sergio van Dijk said morale was high within the playing group ahead of the crunch match.
“In these stages of the league we have to focus on our goal ... we have to do our thing on the pitch and get our mind onto that,” van Dijk said.
“We-re in the situation where every game is a grand final, every week that game is the most important game of the season.
“If we don-t get a result the season is almost over.”
Brisbane has a good record against Sydney at Suncorp Stadium and van Dijk, in recent matches, has been the main protagonist in the southern squad-s misfortune.
“Last time I had one goal and last season I scored three,” the 27 year-old said.
“I just hope we can win, because that is the most important thing now.”
Saturday night-s match against Sydney FC kicks off at 6pm at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.