Roar to get tough
Confidence and mental toughness. According to Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou that's all his side needs to turn their season around when they travel to Townsville to take on the North Queensland Fury in a do-or-die Queensland derby on Saturday.
Confidence and mental toughness.
According to Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou that's all his side needs to turn their season around when they travel to Townsville to take on the North Queensland Fury in a do-or-die Queensland derby on Saturday.
Despite their shaky defence and inability to find the net of late, Postecoglou felt that a lack of confidence was his side's biggest down-fall.
"Every game we've lost in the last three weeks we've been up until the opposition have scored. I think it's pretty important that we score well and if we get that first goal we go on with it.
"With such a young team I think our confidence gets battered more severely than it should. We've had quite a few changes and a lot of young guys out there.
"When things are going well they play with that confidence they play well, but when things go against them they tend to drop their heads.
"If you look at our performances over the last three games, we've been really good at nil-nil and then performances have dropped remarkably once we've dropped behind. It's just a confidence issue and probably more a mental issue than anything else," said Postecoglou.
With only four games remaining, the Roar, who have had the better of the Fury this season, are sitting in 8th position, one spot above 9th placed North Queensland.
Brisbane will see the match at Dairy Farmers Stadium as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone; a win and three points will kick-start a run to the finals and at the same time provide an almost insurmountable setback to one of their rivals for a top 6 spot.
But the Robbie Fowler led Fury might not be all the Roar have to overcome, with challenging conditions and even the possibility of a cyclone on the cards for Saturday's clash.
"Rain, wind, humidity - we've got it all. Nothing much we can do about that. We'll deal with whatever we have to deal with," said Postecoglou, "Obviously it's going to be pretty humid and blowy. Conditions will play a part."
Although the tropical conditions will be tough for all, the Roar's two new international signings Peter Collen from Belgium and Costa Rican Steven Bryce are likely to be in for the biggest climate shock.
"I was trying to explain to the two new boys (Collen and Bryce) what they're going to encounter, but I think it's better they experience it themselves."
"I don't know if anyone's mentioned the cyclone yet, but we haven't just in case they don't board the plane," joked Postecoglou, "I haven't coached in a cyclone yet. It'll be a new experience for us all and we'll just have to cope with it."