An obvious desire to stand up and play for one another was the piece de resistance for Jamie Young in Saturday night’s clash against Sydney FC.
The Roar keeper applauded the effort of his fellow teammates after a narrow defeat against the defending Premiers in Round 10, believing that it has laid the foundations for the squad to launch in to 2019.
“The boys were right up for the game, and I think you could tell that we were very much playing together and for each other, the Club and the supporters,” Young said.
“What I witnessed was the number of players in the dressing room who wanted to step up and take leadership and that was really encouraging.
“There was a great intention behind what we were about against Sydney [FC].”
Despite the result, Brisbane are taking plenty of positives into Wednesday night’s clash as the side begins a hectic schedule of upcoming fixtures.
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The Roar take on the Jets at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night, following just a four-day turnaround.
The home side enter the clash with an even shorter break following a defeat at the venue on Sunday night, and that’s something the Roar custodian believes could swing the tie in their favour.
“The games are coming thick and fast and personally I enjoy that — that’s what you live for as a footballer, playing games,” Young continued.
“We have to look to exploit that [the extra day’s recovery] now and use that extra bit of recovery to our advantage. It’ll be an interesting battle of mentalities out there.”
Four of the Roar’s younger brigade in Joe Caletti, Dane Ingham, Nick D’Agostino and Connor O’Toole took the park on Saturday night and their energetic and entertaining performances didn’t go unnoticed by the supporters or the man between the posts.
“The thing with younger players is that they play with confidence and energy. It's quite enjoyable to watch,” Young added.
“Joe Caletti was a perfect example of that and Dane [Ingham] owned that game — that all came from hard work.
“It comes down to guys giving it their best and the young boys certainly did that on Saturday night.”
There’ll be familiar faces in Jets colours on Wednesday night with the likes of Dimitri Petratos set to line-up for the home side, as well as the added danger of Roy O’Donovan, who has returned from a lengthy suspension since the two teams last met.
“We’ll watch out for him [Petratos] because he’s a dangerous player, and Roy [O’Donovan] is back too now but I think if we focus on ourselves, we can negate their influence,” Young concluded.
Hyundai A-League 2018/19 - Round 12: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Wednesday, 2 January (6:50pm KO)