Massimo’s maximum not far off

After completing his first full match of the season, Massimo Murdocca wants to stay part of an improving team when Brisbane Roar heads to Gosford to take on the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

After completing his first full match of the season, Massimo Murdocca wants to stay part of an improving team when Brisbane Roar heads to Gosford to take on the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

A lively 20-minute cameo from the midfielder on the weekend was backed up by a solid performance in last night-s season-saving 2-0 win over North Queensland Fury.

Murdocca said the match was a big confidence-booster after a long road back from a broken leg, but he was eager to get back to his very best heading into the home straight of the campaign.

“I forgot how it felt - especially winning,” the Roar-s midfield motor said.

“It was just good to get out there and have a run I guess, but to play the full 90 was a big positive.

“I know I can survive the 90 minutes so now I-ve just got to try to improve.

“Hopefully I-ll be close to my normal self in the next couple of weeks.”

Brisbane will face a big challenge at Bluetongue Stadium, despite having never lost a Hyundai A-League fixture at the ground.

The fifth-placed Mariners boast the best defence in the competition and will be eager to end a three-game winless streak to avoid falling out of the finals zone.

Murdocca said if the Roar would need to build on the efforts of last night if they were to capitalise on the momentum it brought and climb into the top six.

“We-re not out of trouble yet,” he warned.

“On Saturday it starts again. It-s another tough game and if we lose we-re back in trouble again so we-ve really got to stay on top of it.

“Hopefully we can improve on (last night-s) performance and just keep going, because if we improve on that I-m pretty sure we-ll win more than we lose.”

With a number of other players returning to full fitness alongside Murdocca, he said coach Ange Postecoglou would have some “big” decisions to make for the weekend-s match.

Matt McKay, Tommy Oar and Ivan Franjic all played influential roles after sitting out the weekend loss to Adelaide and will offer the Roar some long-awaited depth on the weekend, provided they can overcome the short turnaround.

“Hopefully that-s our winning formula, having players back that can bring success,” Murdocca said.

Brisbane Roar-s match against the Central Coast Mariners kicks off at 5pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.