The Brisbane Roar are bracing themselves for another gruelling triple header this week.
With two away games against Sydney and Wellington before returning to Brisbane, the players say they’ll need every ounce of their stamina to get through.
Candice Anderson reports.
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The Roar extended their unbeaten run at home to eight games with their win against Melbourne on Saturday.
But, with the added pressure of travel, players feel they have an uphill battle ahead of them.
Luke DeVere, Roar Defender: “Sydney away on Saturday, Wellington on Wednesday then back here against Adelaide who are top of the table. It will be a challenging week and a week we are hoping to get through with promising signs and pick up as many points as we can.”
Players say support from fans, both at home and away, will greatly enhance their chances of maintaining their winning form.
Luke DeVere, Roar Defender: “We’d love to see all our fans at all our games and there’s usually a decent showing at all our away games so we’re hoping Sydney will be no different.”
The Roar are currently second on the A-League ladder, trailing Adelaide by three points.
But, with the two front runners set to play each other next Saturday another winning week could see them take over top spot.
Mathew Smith, Roar Defender: “People were saying we could be tied with contenders, we could be doing this, we could be doing that but at the end of the day we just focus on what we are doing, and we haven’t set any targets for this year.”
For the first time the club’s training ground will become a match venue, when they come up against Perth in December, with Suncorp sold out for a U2 concert.
The players aren’t worried about the change in venue saying they know their training ground better than Suncorp anyway.
Mathew Smith, Roar Defender: “I’ve been here, I’ve only signed in April but we’ve been here since April, if anything we probably know this pitch better than the Suncorp.”
Candice Anderson, QUT News.