Massive test facing Roar
Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou and captain Matt McKay have claimed nothing else than a ‘massive’ team effort will be enough to beat Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou and captain Matt McKay have claimed nothing else than a ‘massive- team effort will be enough to beat Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
The duo were united describing a Roar squad focused on claiming a vital three points after the squad-s final training session.
“It-s a team game and we have 11 guys out there who want to do well and need to stand up,” McKay said.
“We-re looking forward to the game and it-s a must win.
“Newcastle has had a purple patch winning five from seven, so it-s a good yardstick to see how we are going.”
Postecoglou said the Newcastle game was another big test for a talented squad which has had to call on its fighting spirit throughout the season.
“It-s been that sort of year for us and I don-t think it will run smoothly at all,” he said.
“So if we-re going to get there, it will need a massive effort and the boys are going to have to lift.
“They-re capable of it, no doubt about in my mind, and the team we put out there will be strong enough to get the points. “
And nothing is being left to chance with Postecoglou and his staff experimenting with a number of options in different areas of the paddock.
Two names definitely inked into the starting line-up are Matt Mundy into left-back and debutant goalkeeper Matt Ham.
Ham replaces injured Roar custodian, Griffin McMaster and ends a three year wait as a back-up ‘keeper.
“He-s worked hard at training ... but in my mind we need to find out what Matt-s about,” Postecoglou said.
“He-s a big imposing guy ... and sometimes when you give somebody an opportunity they grab it and he-s definitely hungry enough.”
However, Postecoglou was pleased to see Ham wasn-t the only player leaving the training field exhausted from another intense session.
“I-m hoping the hunger that they show in training for the opportunity will transfer into the games,” he said.
Newcastle travel to Suncorp three days after losing to Gold Coast United at Skilled Park and both Postecoglou and McKay are hopeful of taking advantage of the Jets busy schedule.
“Newcastle should be tired, especially up here in the heat,” McKay said.
“But they-ll still put out a good performance and they-re good side and hopefully we show up on the night.”
Postecoglou admitted it was a ‘tough week- for the visitors, but refused to underestimate the fourth placed Jets.
“We have to try and run them off their feet and if there is any fatigue in their camp, take advantage of it,” Postecoglou said.
“(But) they would have been gearing themselves up for this one.
“This is the one that will make a difference for them and for us, because whenever you play a team around you it counts almost as double.
“So I think they will be up- for it tomorrow night no doubt.”
New Belgian import Pieter Collen is still in line to make his debut against the Jets, but has to wait on a fitness check of fellow defender Josh McCloughan tomorrow.
Saturday night-s match against Newcastle Jets kicks off at 8pm at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.