Matt putting hammer down
Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Mathew Ham believes the squad’s recent run of bad luck can quickly turn around with a crucial victory over Queensland rivals North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Matt Ham believes the squad-s recent run of bad luck can quickly turn around with a crucial victory over Queensland rivals North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Despite a series of narrowly missed chances to cement their top six spot, the Roar are still alive in the race to compete in the finals series.
And the 26-year-old Ham believes the Roar are only one win away from sending the club hurtling back towards the top end of the table.
“One game in this league can change everything ... it-s a funny league, it-s a great league because it is so close,” Ham said.
“We take it a game at a time, we can-t think of the future and we-ve got to win this game.
Ham said the Roar needed just a change of fortune to bring success back to the club.
“I think we just need a couple of lucky breaks ... but things like that aren-t going our way,” he said.
“But I think if we turn it around, just get one little result, anything can happen.
“We can get a run, get a bit of confidence and then the finals are nowhere near out of our reach.”
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou agrees with his custodian, saying his squad are ready to bury recent disappointments for a brighter future.
“We-re obviously on a bit of a poor run, but that-s been our season, a bit up and down,” he said.
“Every game we-ve lost in the three weeks we-ve been in until the opposition scored ... and I guess with such a young team our confidence gets battered probably more severely than it should.
“But certainly if you get a win, it gives you the confidence to get on a bit of a roll.”
Depending on other results in the league, the Townsville derby could be the Roar-s make or break match for the season.
“Every week has been like that,” Postecoglou said.
“We just have to win to keep ourselves in the frame, and how much in the frame will depend on other results.”
However, Postecoglou remained unconcerned the extra pressure would hinder his youthful side, especially with the introduction of experienced Costa Rican midfielder, Steven Bryce.
“We-re going to throw him in there, that-s what he here for and he-s pretty keen to play,” he said.
“The good thing about both of them (Bryce and fellow recruit Pieter Collen) is they-re both very experienced players.
“I-m sure what ever gets thrown at them, they-ll be able to deal with.”