Troisi expecting fired-up Roar as Victory contend with heavy legs

Brisbane Roar might be in the doldrums but James Troisi is adamant the lowly Queenslanders will lift for the visit of Melbourne Victory on Tuesday night.

Roar enter the clash without a win in their previous eight Hyundai A-League fixtures, the club’s worst ever streak of its kind.

However, Victory midfielder Troisi says Roar are bound to raise their game when the reigning Champions come calling.

“Most teams in the A-League rise 10-15-20% when they play us,” he said.

“Although they’re not in the best form at the moment it will still be a difficult game.

“They have got some dangerous players. Most importantly it’s about us though.

“And when we're doing the right things its very difficult to stop us, and our quality will show in the end.”

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Kevin Muscat’s side will again be without injured first-team players Keisuke Honda, Georg Niedermeier and Nick Ansell for Tuesday night’s encounter.

As such, there will be extra onus on Troisi to deliver in their absence at Suncorp Stadium – and in the hectic January schedule that follows.

But, as his match-winning goal and performance against Newcastle Jets showed on Saturday night, the 30-year-old is one to thrive under the responsibility.

“There's no doubt about it, we'll have tired legs.

“But everyone’s doing as best they can and recovering and preparing and being as professional as we can to get ready for tonight and another short turnaround on the weekend.”