Eye remains on prize
Disappointed they may be, but Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League squad hasn’t given up hope of claiming back-to-back Westfield W-League premierships according to coach Jeff Hopkins.
Disappointed they may be, but Brisbane Roar-s Westfield W-League squad hasn-t given up hope of claiming back-to-back Westfield W-League premierships according to coach Jeff Hopkins.
Brisbane were held to a 2-2 draw by Adelaide United at Ballymore Stadium yesterday in one of the upsets of the season to date.
The result knocked Brisbane off the top of the table for the first time this season, leaving them trailing Central Coast Mariners by a single point.
The Roar were forced to fight back from 2-0 down and will consider themselves unlucky not to have taken all three points with a dominant second half performance, with the side unable to find the killer goal to snatch a win.
However, Hopkins said the disappointment would have to be left behind as the fight for a top-two finish with the Mariners and Sydney FC hots up in the final two rounds of the regular season.
“I guess the main thing is we now have to put that game behind us and start looking forward to Perth,” Hopkins said.
“Perth is a very, very tough road trip for us.”
Hopkins said he hoped his team would take some lessons from the draw with Adelaide, particularly tightening up on set-pieces, an area where the Roar has conceded twice in two weeks.
Despite thrashing Perth 6-0 at Ballymore Stadium three weeks ago, Hopkins said there would be no complacency in the preparation for the match.
“Firstly they are a very good side with some excellent attacking players and secondly the length of the journey,” he said.
“We-re going to prepare very well for it this week with a light week, we-ll travel to Perth the day before and stay the night after.
“We-ll do everything right to prepare for it, because we need to win our last two games to give ourselves the chance of winning the premiership.”
Brisbane Roar take on Perth Glory at Clipsal Stadium, Inglewood from 5pm (AEST).