Head Coach John Aloisi says it is only a matter of time before positive results come Brisbane Roar’s way.
Despite three consecutive defeats to open the season, the Roar has shown their potential to be a contender in this Hyundai A-League season, and after a strong second-half against Newcastle Jets last round, the Roar are ready to take that form into tomorrow’s game across the ditch against the Phoenix.
“We want a positive result every weekend. I’m not happy with the results so far, but the performance in the second half against Newcastle was really good,” Aloisi said.
“We know we should have beaten Adelaide [in round two] and we should have taken something, if not all three points, out of the game against Newcastle.
“The law of averages says if we keep on performing like that, we will win more games. We have to make sure that we keep on improving, and if we do that, the results will take care of themselves.”
Defending Gary Wilkins Medalist Corey Brown won’t make the trip to Wellington after suffering a hamstring injury against the Jets. Young trio Dane Ingham, Connor O'Toole and Rahmat Akbari have been promoted into the extended 18-man squad.
“It’s disappointing for Corey, but it’s part of football. He is still a young professional and it’s an opportunity for him to watch from a distance and see how he can improve as a player and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger," Aloisi said.
Luke DeVere (above) is also in contention to reach 100 Hyundai A-League games for Brisbane Roar and would become just the sixth defender to do so.
French winger Eric Bautheac has been named to make his first Hyundai A-League away trip after impressing in his debut game last Sunday.
With players like central defender Avram Papadopoulos and attacking midfielder Fahid Ben Khalfallah (below) having important match time under their belts, and a number of players set to return in the coming weeks, Aloisi is backing his experienced squad to turn their fortunes around.
“These players have killer instinct because they have won trophies during their careers and they will win again,” Aloisi said.
“We have experienced players who know how to deal with these situations.
“We believe that we can beat anyone when we play at our best and that’s what we’ll look to do this week.”
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 4: Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 28 October (4:35pm KO QLD time)
WELLINGTON PHOENIX SQUAD
1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Goran PARACKI, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Dario VIDOSIC, 9.Andrija KALUDJEROVIC, 10.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 14.Alex RUFER, 17.Ali ABBAS, 19.Thomas DOYLE, 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 24.Logan ROGERSON, 30.Keegan SMITH (gk)
Ins: 7.Gui FINKLER (returns from injury), 22.Andrew DURANTE (returns from injury), 24.Logan ROGERSON (promoted)
Outs: 13.Marco ROSSI (Groin - 2 weeks)
BRISBANE ROAR SQUAD
1.Michael THEO (gk), 2.Dane INGHAM, 3.Luke DEVERE, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 33.Petros SKAPETIS **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Dane INGHAM (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted), 25.Rahmat AKBARI (promoted)
Outs: 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 4-6 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – TBC), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring – 2 weeks), 20.Shannon BRADY (broken foot – TBC)
HOW DO WE SHAPE UP AGAINST THE PHOENIX?
Head-to-head: Roar wins: 18, draws: 6, Phoenix wins: 6
Head-to-head at Westpac Stadium: Roar wins: 6, draws: 4, Phoenix wins: 4
Brisbane has won three of their last five games against the Phoenix and have kept a clean sheet on their last two trips to New Zealand.