Brisbane Roar defender Tom Aldred says there’s plenty still to come from his side following last Wednesday’s 2-0 FFA Cup Round of 32 win over Sydney FC.
Goals from Stefan Mauk and Jay O’Shea secured victory over the defending Hyundai A-League Champions in Head Coach Robbie Fowler’s first match in charge.
Speaking upon the team’s arrival back in Brisbane, Aldred, who was one of nine players to make his BRFC debut on Wednesday night, said he was delighted with his side's showing.
“It’s a brilliant start. Obviously we knew going there it would be a tough game with them being the defending Champions," Aldred said.
“We knew it would be a big test but it was a great start for us, and with a lot lads making their debuts, it was the perfect way to kick off proceedings.
“We felt like dealt with them really well defensively and obviously offensively we caused them problems.
“As the game went on I felt like we were the more dominant side and that we probably looked the fitter side, in the end it was a fair result."
The 28-year-old, who captained the side in its first FFA Cup victory since 2014, added the Roar’s best is yet to come.
“It’s a brand new team, brand new coaching staff as well but from the five or six weeks we’ve been here we probably all know the principles and the way we want to play," Aldred continued.
“It will take time to perfect that but after our first game we’ve started and now we feel that going forward we’ve got a firm base to build on.”
“I think on Wednesday night we set a marker in terms of what we are as a team but now it’s a case of kicking on.”
BRFC will now face Central Coast Mariners in the FFA Cup Round of 16 at Dolphin Stadium on Wednesday, 28 August. Stay tuned for ticketing details & on-sale dates.
FFA Cup Round of 16: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe
Wednesday, 28 August (7:30pm KO)