After what Head Coach John Aloisi says has been one of the side’s best weeks on the training paddock, Brisbane are confident of turning their fortunes around at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The Roar hosts the Central Coast Mariners in the second match of tomorrow’s double header, immediately following the Westfield W-League clash between Brisbane and Perth Glory.
Last week’s stunning comeback, which saw the Roar become just the sixth side in Hyundai A-League history to overturn a 3-0 deficit, has given a great boost ahead of tomorrow’s crucial clash.
“This has probably been the best training week we’ve had. The boys are confident and excited about what we can do as a team,” Aloisi said.
“Everyone wants to win every game and it’s the same with us. We know if we play well that our chances of winning improve so our focus is on that.
“If we can perform like we did for the majority of last week’s game, then we believe we can win tomorrow.”
The Roar has a strong record against the Gosford-based Mariners, winning the last eight games between the two sides.
Brisbane has also netted a whopping 14 goals in the last four meetings at Suncorp Stadium, but Aloisi is expecting a stern test tomorrow afternoon.
“It’s going to be tough because they are in a similar position to us. They will feel that they should have more points, like we do,” Aloisi said.
“We know that we’re going to get stronger each game and there is continued confidence from the group in what we’re doing.”
The feel-good story when team news dropped earlier this week was the inclusion of attacker Corey Gameiro (below) who has battled injuries over the years and is now in line to make his Brisbane Roar debut.
“He can’t wait for a chance to play. If he does get a chance tomorrow, he will be bursting out of his skin which is another positive for us and a great boost for the team,” Aloisi said.
“He’s a weapon, that’s why we brought him in. With all the injuries he’s had, he deserves the opportunity and he’s worked hard to be back in the squad.”
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 5 - Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sunday, 5 November, 1:30pm KO (QLD time)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 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, 31.Brendan WHITE (gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS **two to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Corey GAMEIRO (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted), 25.Rahmat AKBARI (promoted)
Outs: 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 10 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – TBC), 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 4-6 weeks), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring – 2 weeks), 20.Shannon BRADY (broken foot – TBC)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 9.ASDRUBAL, 10.Daniel De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 15.Alan BARO (c), 16. Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 23.Wout BRAMA **two to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk) (promoted), 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (promoted), 14.Adam BERRY (promoted)
Outs: 20.Adam PEARCE (gk) (not selected)