'A lot of weight is off my shoulders': Back-to-back goals has Inman flying
Brad Inman feels a weight has been lifted off his shoulders after scoring in back-to-back games to help resurrect Brisbane Roar’s Hyundai A-League season.
One of Robbie Fowler’s prized off-season recruits, it’s taken the 28-year a little longer than he would have liked to settle into life Down Under.
Inman had spent the last decade playing in the lower leagues of England as well as a stint in the youth set-up at Premier League club Newcastle United.
But he jumped at the opportunity to return home and work under Liverpool legend Fowler.
While he has played 10 (with seven starts) of Roar’s 11 games in 2019/20, it wasn’t until the Round 12 clash against Newcastle Jets Inman bagged his first goal.
The attacking midfielder came off the bench to score a stunning equaliser in the 1-1 draw in the Hunter, backing it up a few days later with the winner against Western Sydney Wanderers on New Years’ Day.
“When you go to a new league and new team you just want to score, especially as an attacking player,” Inman told a-league.com.au on Friday.
“I’m glad I’ve finally done it. I’m more relaxed and I feel like a lot of weight is off my shoulders.
“I’m full of confidence [now]. The gaffer [Fowler] and the coaching staff have been good to me.
“Attackers are paid to score and assist so hopefully it can continue. We’ve been working on a lot of link-up play with the forward line from the midfield and it feels like it’s coming together.”
Inman’s form is especially pleasing for Fowler, who rates the Adelaide-born playmaker 'as good as anyone' in the competition on his day.
But it’s consistency the Roar boss is now craving, with Fowler challenging Inman to believe in himself more going forward.
“Sometimes when the results aren’t going your way you do tend to doubt yourself,” Inman admitted.
“He [Fowler] was saying, ‘just believe in your talent’ and that’s what the boys have done and it’s shown [in recent results].
“If we have that belief we know we are just as good as anyone in this league on the day.”
It’s one thing saying that, it’s another living up to that by producing on the pitch.
Roar’s campaign has been blighted by inconsistency and they are yet to register back-to-back wins under Fowler.
But after picking up four points from their last two games away from home – a 1-1 draw with the Jets, followed by the 2-1 win over Wanderers – Inman gets the sense Roar have turned the corner.
“It’s a new year so it’s kind of like a fresh start in a way. We’re in good form… we feel like we're ready for the last push of the season,” he said.
“It would be good to win three or four on the bounce instead of winning one, then losing a couple, then winning another. I think we’re going in the right direction.
“The two away games we’ve just had, there was only a few days in between them and it’s given us that confidence.
“Now with two home games in a row, if we can win those two games it could definitely take us into the top six. We know that we have two winnable home games with Melbourne City [Saturday] and Wellington [January 18].”
Roar have already hosted – and defeated - second-place City this season, coming from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in Redcliffe back in Round 6 in November.
“We scored four against them last game so we know we can score four again,” Inman declared.
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kick-off: 4pm local, 5pm AEDT
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView