Hore: This is Why The Boys Play

Brisbane Roar midfielder, Henry Hore said his side have finals football firmly in their sights ahead of Saturday’s Isuzu UTE A-League Round 24 clash against Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening.

With just three rounds remaining of the 2023/24 regular season Saturday’s clash is do-or-die as Ruben Zadkovich’s side chase a return to finals football for the first time since 2021.

Hore netted the winner in a crucial 2-1 win on the road over Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend which moved Roar to within five points of the competition’s top six.

Nothing less than three points will suffice in Saturday’s clash against the tenth placed Jets, who defeated Sydney FC 3-1 in their last outing.

The Roar and Jets have already me twice this season with the sides taking a win each from their two encounters so far.

Roar look to make it five straight matches unbeaten at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, having not tasted defeat at the venue since mid-January.

The 24-year-old said his side were ready to put in a big shift against the Jets at home on Saturday evening.

“Really hungry, back in the day I used to come to Suncorp, watch them and how good they were making finals and that’s where you want to be as a player, that’s why you play, I haven’t been in the finals yet so hopefully we can push on this year.” Hore said.

“This is why all the boys play, so hopefully we can get a big crowd and hopefully put on a performance and get three points.

“It’s massive, that’s what we try and do, we try to make it a fortress and make it hard to play at so we’ll keep it rolling this weekend.

Hore’s winner against the Wanderers was his fifth in the league this season, matching his best goalscoring return in a single A-League campaign.

Hore, who has been a crucial part of a Roar midfield containing the likes of Jay O’Shea, Florin Berenguer, Marco Rojas and Keegan Jelacic said he was loving the connection with his teammates this season.

“It’s great to play with them, I think we’ve all got a bit of a connection, we all link up pretty well, hopefully I can keep scoring,” Hore said

“It was a good goal on the weekend, one we practice from the training paddock from the set piece, hopefully I can get a couple more.

“The vibes are good, I think we’ve been putting performances on the paddock but to get the three points last weekend was big going into this weekend – we can’t wait.”

Saturday’s match at Suncorp Stadium kicks off at 5:30pm and will be broadcast live on Paramount+

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 24: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Suncorp Stadium, Milton
Saturday, 13 April (5:30pm KO)