Van Dijk looks to bounce back

Sergio van Dijk believes Brisbane Roar need to take a leaf out of Melbourne Victory’s book and sharpen up in defence ahead of Sunday’s match against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium.

Sergio van Dijk believes Brisbane Roar need to take a leaf out of Melbourne Victory-s book and sharpen up in defence ahead of Sunday-s match against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium.

The reigning champions recovered from a humiliating 4-0 loss at home to the Central Coast Mariners to keep Brisbane scoreless despite some constant pressure from the home team on Saturday night.

Van Dijk said while the second-half pressure was heartening, the team had already made it hard for themselves by conceding a sloppy goal after just eight minutes.

“Against Melbourne if we-d won we could have continued our road back to the good times but we lost and that-s our own fault,” the Dutchman said.

“They only had two or three chances in the game but in football one chance is enough.

“Melbourne is a team with a lot of quality but there were phases in the game where we were stronger and we put them under pressure but it wasn-t enough in the end because we couldn-t score, so that-s one problem and the second problem is that we conceded one.”

He said the Roar would look to “set the record straight as soon as possible” and return to the winner-s circle against Wellington on Sunday.

“We are playing better football (than earlier in the season), we just have to get rid of those errors that we make almost every game,” he said.

“We have to be sharper. Melbourne were sharp and they took advantage of us sleeping.

“It-s something in your head. You can-t really train for it, you just have to be sharp, you have to be focused and concentrate.”

Brisbane will close the gap on the top six to a single point if they can beat the Phoenix on Sunday and van Dijk said a third consecutive finals appearance was well within reach.

“When you lose a game like we did on the weekend it-s not the end of the world but it makes everything a little bit harder,” he said.

“The next game we have to try to set it straight and get a win - it-s as simple as that.

“It-s a long road still and I think - especially this season where a lot of teams win one week and the next week they lose - there are a lot of opportunities, but we have to believe in it and we have to work hard to get there.”

Brisbane Roar-s match against Wellington Phoenix kicks off at 6pm, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.

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