Roar aim to reward fans

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou says his side will head into the second leg of their major semi with Central Coast driven by a desire to deliver a grand final to the fans of Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou says his side will head into the second leg of their major semi with Central Coast driven by a desire to deliver a grand final to the fans of Brisbane.

Having laid the foundation with a 2-0 win away from home, the Hyundai A-League 2010-11 Premiers return to Suncorp Stadium knowing they are 90 minutes away from guaranteeing their first-ever start in the Championship decider.

Postecoglou, whose vision extends beyond the glory of a successful season at the helm, said that a grand final showpiece had the potential to cast both the Roar and football into the limelight.

"I think there's great significance in this game for a number of reasons. After we sewed up first spot (in the Premiership), our next big goal was to host the grand final at Suncorp," he said.

"It's really important for our club, our state and our code that we have it here, and that's really a driving, motivating force for us."

"I think there is a significance to tomorrow's (Saturday's) game and from my point of view it's as big a game as we've had at this club."

"Everyone remembers back in 96-97 that the Strikers played here (in the NSL grand final) and there were 40 or 50 thousand. No one really capitalised on that but I think now there's a real opportunity to capitalise on something like that and show that we can be a force in our code in this country."

"If we can bring the Grand Final here, have a big crowd and hopefully sell out Suncorp, it sends a strong message, even throughout Asia, that we want to be a big club."

Standing in Brisbane's way are Graham Arnold's well-drilled Mariners, who continue to make the right noises in the lead-up to the match, despite facing the arduous task of breaking Brisbane's 26-game undefeated streak.

With a two-goal deficit to overcome at a venue their opposition haven't lost at since January 2010, the Mariners say they fancy their chances and have sought to frame the match on their terms, with players stating they have nothing to lose whereas Brisbane have the burden of pressure.

"They said the pressure was on us last week (as well). There's a lot of trash talking going on and it kind of confuses me a little bit. But that's alright, they're doing the motivating for me, I don't have to speak to the boys," said Postecoglou.

"There's been pressure on us for 26 games and we're handling it alright, and we want that. I'd love for Central Coast to come out and have a go at us tomorrow."

And if the pressure is affecting the Brisbane playing group, veteran defender Shane Stefanutto was showing no symptoms.

Stefanutto, who linked with the Roar at the beginning of the season with the belief they could go all the way, was positively beaming when asked how he was approaching the match.

"I'm really excited about this one. I can't wait to get out there tomorrow night. Just after the first result - 2-0 - I thought about it and thought, 'I can't wait to get to Suncorp'," he said.

"Knowing there's going to be a big crowd, knowing there's going to be a lot of our supporters, knowing that it's an opportunity to make a grand final, I've been excited all week."

"It's great. This is why I'm a footballer for, to play these big games, we all are and I can't wait for it to happen."