With a run of five home fixtures in their final seven matches of the Hyundai A-League season, Brisbane Roar Head Coach Mike Mulvey said it’s time for his players to “deliver at home” starting with tonight’s match against Perth Glory.
With a run of five home fixtures in their final seven matches of the Hyundai A-League season, Brisbane Roar Head Coach Mike Mulvey said it-s time for his players to “deliver at home” starting with tonight-s match against Perth Glory.
The club is still top of the competition ladder by four points but has suffered two defeats in a row and lost three of their last five matches at Suncorp Stadium.
A run into finals while playing in front of their orange-clad fans at their beloved Milton venue was ideal, according to Mulvey.
“The scenario is probably tailor made for us and we need to go and grab it,” he said.
“There can be no excuses, destiny is in our own hands which is what you want.”
The Brisbane boss said despite the 1-0 loss to Melbourne Heart on Sunday, he felt there was improvement from the previous week-s defeat to Newcastle Jets.
He implored his side to find the mojo that has seen them play some of the best football in the Hyundai A-League this season and taken them to the top of the table.
“Confidence and self-belief is instilled within the group,” he said.
“Last week we didn-t perform to our best, we were probably second in the desire to win the game.
“I think that-s a fair comment, Melbourne Heart appeared to have more desire than us which hurt.
“That-s the challenge I-ve given the players to respond to that very, very quickly.”
In the team news, Dimitri Petratos is set to return to the starting eleven with Henrique dropping to the bench while Steven Lustica will replace Diogo Ferreira on the list of substitutes.
Friday, 28 February 2014 Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Kick-off: 7.00pm local (8:00pm AEDT) Referee: Ben Williams Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz Fourth Official: Matthew Gillett
TV broadcast: 8.0 0pm (AEDT) Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD, SBS2 and on Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand).
Live Match Stream: FFA will be streaming live coverage of the fixture in our Match Centre. Available (AUS & NZ only) to view here: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/aleague/matchcentre/Brisbane-Roar-v-Perth-Glory-Hyundai-A-League/3185
Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio QLD, 720 ABC Perth, ABC Local Radio WA, Grandstand Digital, Online/Mobile phone app. SBS Radio.
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEO, 2.Matthew SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Steven LUSTICA, 10.HENRIQUE, 11. Liam MILLER, 13.Jade NORTH, 15. James DONACHIE, 16. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 17. Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 20.Matthew ACTON (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS
Unavailable: 25.George LAMBADARDIS (knee - season)
Perth Glory Squad: 1.Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 2.Jack CLISBY, 3. Brandon O-NEILL, 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 7. Jacob BURNS, 8. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10. Jamie MACLAREN, 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17. Chris HAROLD, 18. Jack DUNCAN, 19. Josh RISDON,20.Daniel DE SILVA, 28. Darvydas SERNAS, 36. William GALLAS
Ins: 3. Brandon O-NEILL (promoted) , 10. Jamie MACLAREN (promoted)
Outs: Michael THWAITE (suspension-1 week), 25. Riley WOODCOCK (Omitted),
Unavailable: Travis DODD (knee - indefinite), Scott JAMIESON (Achilles - indefinite)