A proud Head Coach Darren Davies said he was ‘over the moon’ for his his players following last Friday’s win away to the Mariners.
The Roar put five past the Mariners in Gosford, securing an entertaining 5-3 victory in what was also the side’s second win in three fixtures.
After heading south full of belief and confidence, Davies said it was a great feeling to be returning to Brisbane with three points.
“I thought we were brilliant, I thought we were fantastic and the goals we scored were top drawer,” Davies said in the post-match press conference.
“We’re good for entertainment that’s for sure — whether we’re scoring last-minute winners, equalisers and now we score five away from home.
“They [the Mariners] have picked up results here against top teams here & we come away from home and score five goals — we thoroughly deserved the win and I’m over the moon for the boys.”
Two Goal of the Season contenders, an acrobatic finish from Eric Bautheac and then a wickedly-struck volley from Spaniard Alex Lopez, got the scoring underway before Tobias Mikkelsen & Dylan Wenzel-Halls also got their names on the scoresheet later in the piece.
Leading by a goal at the break, discipline was the key message at the sheds after the Roar had fallen short despite being in a similar position three weeks prior away to Adelaide United.
“At half-time, at 3-2, we spoke about discipline, with and without the ball and about our actions, and I thought the boys did that. We learned from the game away in Adelaide.”
“When we score, it’s disappointing to then go down the other end and concede, and we spoke about that at half-time. In the second half, we were disciplined, we controlled large portions of the game.
“When we spoke following the game in Adelaide, at the time we said we’ll be better for it, and that’s what’s happened.”
On his return to the squad following a two-match suspension, goalkeeper Jamie Young was at his athletic best, making a number of top-notch saves to deny the Mariners.
“The amount of work he does in training people wouldn’t believe. His performance was credit to what he’s done over the last two weeks,” Davies added.
Next up, the Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for a tantalising clash against Western Sydney on Saturday, 8 March (6:50pm KO). Get your tickets HERE.