Roar looking to continue good league form

After back-to-back Hyundai A-League victories, we will be looking to consolidate our spot inside the top six against Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (6pm KO).

Either side of a disappointing AFC Champions League Preliminary match, the Roar have put in two strong performances against Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners to climb back into finals positions with nine rounds to play.

The goal is to now turn two good domestic performances into a run of form that will have the Roar primed for finals football according to marquee attacker Brett Holman.

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“It’s almost finals football for us already. Every game is so important for us now otherwise we could fall too far behind,” Holman said.

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“We knew we had to bounce back straight away and we did. It’s up to us to now keep this form going and beat more sides.

“Everybody is back, we’re in with a good shot [of playing finals] and there’s nothing to hold us back.”

The 63-time Socceroo made his return from a lengthy injury lay-off in that victory against the Glory a fortnight ago and has scored in both league matches since then.

While Holman says personally it’s great to be back, it’s being able to play his part and contribute for the team that's most pleasing.

“The most frustrating thing was watching from the stands and not being able to contribute. I’m just happy to be back out there and amongst it," Holman continued.


“If you look back at the majority of the games this season, it has rarely been the same starting line-up from one week to the next.

“Without having that quality playing time consistently with each other, it’s difficult to gel.”

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With nine rounds of the regular season left to play for the Roar, Holman says the onus is on the players to get the team in a position to play in the post-season and treating the remaining rounds like finals matches is just the kind of pressure that’s needed.

“It comes down to the players. We’ve put the pressure of every game being like a finals match, but this is a situation we’ve got ourselves into and we’re put it on ourselves to get us out of it,” he said.