Thomas talks up team effort

Despite celebrating his first goal for Brisbane Roar on the weekend, German midfielder Thomas Broich said he’s not after individual accolades, but results for the team.

Despite celebrating his first goal for Brisbane Roar on the weekend, German midfielder Thomas Broich said he-s not after individual accolades, but results for the team.

Finding the back of the net through a long-range free kick in the 33rd minute against Adelaide United, Broich-s strike earned him praise from teammates, supporters and commentators alike, but he said three points was always top of the agenda for him.

“It-s always good to get a goal, but it-s not that important to me,” he said.

“It-s about us winning games and it was only a draw.

“I don-t care who scores the goals as long as we get the result.”

The 29-year-old admitted the Roar had an uncharacteristically slow start to the game against Adelaide, and said that confidence was the key to making their performance on the park consistent for the full 90 minutes.

“First half was not that good,” he said.

“We struggled a little bit; we were nervous and showed too much respect.

“The second half was way better, we created a couple of chances.

“We just need to be confident, we-re a very good team but we-re not quite aware of it yet.”

Since signing for the club earlier in the year, Broich has had no troubles settling into life in Australia, a country he-s familiar with after backpacking the whole east coast three years ago.

Technical and creative in his football approach, Broich has been a welcome inclusion in the starting eleven this season and has fitted in well with the likes of Matt McKay, Massimo Murdocca and Erik Paartalu in the Brisbane midfield.

“I really like playing here for the Roar,” he said.

“It-s a wonderful city in a beautiful country, hopefully when we have a weekend off I can see more but so far though, we-ve been pretty busy.”

Ahead of another home clash this weekend against Hyundai A-League new boys Melbourne Heart, Broich said he was expecting free-flowing, attacking football from both teams.

“We played them in the pre-season and they-re a team that really tries to play football, and not just play the long ball,” he said.

“I-m really looking forward to playing them because I expect a good football match.”

Brisbane Roar play Melbourne Heart on Saturday 25 September at Suncorp Stadium. Kick-off is at 5.15pm.

Tickets available here.

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