After playing finals-esque matches for the best part of the last two months, Brett Holman says his teammates aren’t fazed by tomorrow’s do-or-die clash against the Glory.
The Roar head to Perth knowing a positive result is needed to keep their chances of an eighth consecutive finals appearance alive.
Last week’s defeat against the Wanderers in Sydney was the Roar’s first on the road in five matches, and just their second of the calendar year, and Holman is backing us to pile the pressure back on Western Sydney.
“It’s very simple. We need to go get a result and watch the game on Sunday. It’s going to be tough because Perth have something to play for as well, but we know what we need to do to get the three points,” Holman said.
“We’ve had a look at Perth and analysed them, but it comes down to how we start the game and how we perform.
“If we stay calm and play to our strengths then I have all the confidence that we can go there and get a result.”
The Roar have shown they have what it takes to stand up in must-win games on the road having beaten both Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC on their own decks in the last third of the Hyundai A-League season.
“We’ve been playing big games since we got ourselves into this position. We knew that we had to get some big results, which we have done,” Holman continued.
“Unfortunately, we missed a chance last week and now we have to go to Perth and that’s going to a good challenge. We need to pick out their weaknesses and exploit them, but first and foremost, focus on our own performance.”
The former Socceroo is in line for his first Hyundai A-League start since Round 24 after coming off the bench against the Wanderers and has fond memories of playing the Glory after scoring the winner in a 3-2 victory at Suncorp Stadium in January.
“I feel great and I’m raring to go.”
Hyundai A-League Round 27: Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, 14 April (10pm KO)
Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 13.Nick FEELY (Gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joseph MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Andreu GUERAO, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 26.Jacob ITALIANO, 33.Liam REDDY (Gk) , 66.Dino DJULBIC, 88.Neil KILKENNY **two to be omitted**
Ins: 15. Brandon WILSON (promoted), 26.Jacob ITALIANO (promoted)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (Gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 31.Brendan WHITE (Gk), 33.Henrique SILVA, 77.Ivan FRANJIC **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Dane INGHAM (promoted), 5.Corey BROWN (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (finger – TBC), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 1 week), 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (fractured ankle – TBC), 13.Jade NORTH (calf – 1 week)
Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Lindsay
Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding
Video Assistant Referee: Craig Zetter
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501
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