Postecoglou calls for fighting spirit

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has urged his players to repeat their Sydney FC heroics when the squad meets Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday night.

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has urged his players to repeat their Sydney FC heroics when the squad meets Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday night.

Without a win in four matches and facing a Sydney side fighting for the minor premiership, the Roar produced a stirring display of football to keep the club in the hunt for a top six finish.

Postecoglou said nothing less than the same intensity will suffice against the Hyundai A-league-s cellar dwellers Adelaide United.

“(Sydney FC) was a big night for us ... our last home game at the end of a tough season,” he said.

“Against a good team ... I was pretty pleased with the performance and the result.

“But it-s important after a good performance and a good result that we back it up.”

Postecoglou said the match against Sydney was the culmination of the squad-s hard work throughout a turbulent season.

“There is generally a better feeling ... now things have settled down after the pretty heavy turmoil we-ve been through,” he said.

“It has settled down over the last four or five weeks, but it-s only transferring onto the playing field now.

“I think the last couple of weeks we-ve certainly have been better on the field and I-m pretty confident that will continue.”

The Roar travel south knowing a victory is paramount for the club to continue its climb into finals contention.

But the task will not be easy despite United-s position on the table - the Reds looking to re-build confidence ahead of the Asian Champions League.

However, Postecoglou was confident his squad had the fighting mentality to produce a victory amongst the hostility of the Hindmarsh faithful.

“I think there is real self belief in the team and the confidence has slowly come back,” Postecoglou said.

“(Against Sydney) there was real steel about the team.

“They put us under pressure and it would have been really easy to chuck in the towel.

“But there was a great sense of resilience and self belief.”

Roar star striker Sergio van Dijk said confidence was high after the Sydney victory, but would mean little if the squad couldn-t continue the run of victories in Adelaide.

“The only thing good enough for us is winning this game,” he said.

“It will be a tough game and we have to be fully concentrated and take our chances.

“The main thing is we do what we have to do and hope we get the right result.”