Maccarone backs Roar to start 2018 on front foot

Marquee striker Massimo Maccarone says the Roar are taking confidence into their first Hyundai A-League clash of the New Year at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.

Brisbane finished 2017 with a spirited and courageous 2-1 victory against Adelaide United and the Italian believes the Roar can take their game to another level.

“It’s hard to play with 10-men for 45 minutes and we did very well, but we believe we can still get better," Maccarone said.

The striker got his name on the scoresheet alongside Fahid Ben Khalfallah in Saturday’s victory and will be looking to find the back of the net for the fourth straight Hyundai A-League game.

“It’s a big game because we want to win more and winning at home would be great for our fans,” Maccarone said.

“We’re confident, but we know it will be tough against a good team.”

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Head Coach John Aloisi is preparing for a tough challenge from the Wanderers who recorded just their third win of the campaign on Monday night.

Both sides have the opportunity to record consecutive victories for the first time in season 2017/18 and the Roar are confident of starting the new year on the front foot.

“It’s good to be back at home after a good result in Adelaide – the boys showed great character. We wanted to get back to winning ways and hopefully that continues tomorrow night,” Aloisi said.

“We know that we need to start winning games to climb the ladder towards where we believe we deserve to be. We’re confident against whoever we play but we have to be ready for a challenge.”

The two sides are split by just a single point on the Hyundai A-League ladder but Aloisi's men are solely focused on playing their style of football and using the anticipated warm conditions to their advantage.

“They’re going to be a difficult team to play against but it’s going to be tough for them coming up here and playing in these conditions. We just have to make sure we work hard and play our football,” Aloisi said.

“Suncorp Stadium is a difficult place to visit regardless of form.”


Hyundai A-League Round 14: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Suncorp Stadium
Friday, 5 November (6:50pm KO)

Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG(gk), 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 27.Adam SAWYER, 31.Brendan WHITE(gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS, 36.Daniel LECK **two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Dane INGHAM (promoted), 4.Daniel BOWLES (promoted), 27.Adam SAWYER (promoted)

Outs: 17.Matt MCKAY (suspended – 2 matches)

Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – 2 weeks), 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (suspended – 2 matches), 10.Brett HOLMAN (calf – 1 week), 13.Jade NORTH (groin – TBC), 18.Joe CALETTI (foot – 10 weeks), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC (hamstring – 1 week), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (ankle – 2 weeks), 77.Ivan FRANJIC (quad – 1 – 2 weeks)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Josh RISDON, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 7. Steve LUSTICA, 9.Oriol RIERA, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 18.Robbie CORNTHWAITE, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 23.Lachlan SCOTT, 24.Raúl LLORENTE, 25.Chris HERD, 30.John HALL (gk), 32.John ROBERTS, 33.Michael THWAITE, 34.Kosta GROZOS, 49.Abraham MAJOK **two to be omitted**

Ins: 3.Jack CLISBY (promoted), 5.Brendan HAMILL (promoted), 7.Steven LUSTICA (promoted), 23.Lachlan SCOTT (promoted), 32.John ROBERTS (promoted), 34.Kosta GROZOS (promoted), 49.Abraham MAJOK (promoted)

Outs: 8.Roly BONEVACIA (suspension – 1 week), 10.Álvaro CEJUDO (calf – 1 week), 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI (released), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (international duty), 42.Keanu BACCUS (international duty)

Unavailable: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk) (shoulder), 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO (international duty)