Roar ready to take on City

Brisbane Roar remain confident of a successful Hyundai A-League season according to midfielder Brett Holman.

Holman netted his first goal of the season on Saturday night as the Roar recovered from a deficit to secure a draw against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

The 63-time Socceroo is impressed with his side’s fighting spirit but says a maiden confidence-boosting win is just around the corner.

“Our fighting spirit in the last few games has been great, we haven’t dropped our heads after going behind and done well to score ourselves,” Holman said.

“We’re still excited and believe in what we’re doing everyday and sometimes you just need a good win to turn a page.”

Friday night’s clash back at Suncorp Stadium against the Ross McCormack-led Melbourne City is the Roar’s next chance to secure their first win of the season.

The fixture will be the two sides’ second meeting of the season and Holman is confident that vocal home support will help the Roar navigate a tough task.

“They [City] started really well. To get a win, especially at home, would be a massive boost for us,” he added.

“In the Hyundai A-League, you have to at your best every week otherwise you will come off second best and it will be no different on Friday night. We’ve worked hard at training and will look at how we can punish them.”

With a number of experienced players unavailable for the Victory clash through injury, Brisbane fielded two debutants in defender Connor O’Toole and midfielder Adam Sawyer.

In what was a great indication of the depth within the Roar squad, Holman was impressed with his debuting teammates and says it’s great to see players making the most of their opportunities. 

“Some of the young boys are getting their chances. Adam came off the bench and made his debut and I thought Connor did amazingly well at left-back,” he concluded.

“It’s unfortunate for the boys who are injured, but it’s giving some others their opportunity.”