Roar spirits high ahead of Gold Coast clash

Brisbane Roar will have a chance to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season when we take on the Phoenix at Robina’s CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Roar headed south to Robina this morning to have a training run on a pitch that is in pristine condition ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Following the side’s first away victory on Saturday against Western Sydney, Head Coach John Aloisi says spirits are high within our Hyundai A-League squad.

“It was good to get out on the pitch at CBUS Super Stadium, which is in great condition, and the boys loved it,” Aloisi said.

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“Everyone is on a high after a good win and looking forward to playing on the Gold Coast on Saturday.”

It was a crucial three points for the Roar, providing a great confidence boost ahead of three consecutive home matches before Christmas.

Brisbane sit just one point outside the top six and will be looking to replicate Saturday’s whole-team performance, but will have their hands full on Saturday against a dangerous Wellington side.

“The Phoenix are a difficult team, like every side is in this competition, so we have to make sure we’re prepared,” Aloisi said.

Aloisi is hoping to see many travelling Brisbane fans in the stands as well as Gold Coast locals getting a rare taste of Hyundai A-League action.

“So many great players have come out of the Gold Coast and current players like Nick D’Agostino and Shannon Brady are prime examples. Brisbane Roar is not only a team for Brisbane but one for all of Queensland,” Aloisi said.

Gold Coast product D’Agostino is also in line to play his first Hyundai A-League match in his home city, following one of his best ever performances against the Wanderers.

The 19-year-old striker earned the praise of his Head Coach who believes the young attacker will only get better with experience.

“I was really happy with the way he [D’Agostino] played against the Wanderers on Saturday. The more games he plays, the better he is going to get and we have to be there to guide the younger players,” Aloisi said.