Ingham backing Roar across the ditch


Brisbane Roar Head Coach Robbie Fowler is positive his side can keep momentum rolling after registering their first Hyundai A-League win last weekend. 

The Roar travel across the ditch to face the Phoenix on Saturday (4pm KO QLD Time) following up their spectacular comeback win against Melbourne City.

The Head Coach felt the first win was inevitable and the says group is buzzing to get off the mark.

“It’s great getting our first win – we felt it was a long time coming because our performances have warranted results and wins,” Fowler said.

“Last week the boys were magnificent and if you didn’t know it before the game, we’ve certainly got character within the team.”


Fowler’s side endured a tough start to the 2019/20 season, but the Head Coach is confident the team has turned a corner after putting four past the then league-leaders.

“From our point of view, we have a had a tough start but I don’t think we’ve deserved to be beaten in any game,” the Englishman continued.

“If you look at the games we’ve played, we have just missed chances – we had good chances slip away last week and we hit the post twice – it shows we are a really good team.

“We have a renewed confidence now and we’ll go there [Wellington] wanting to get the three points.”

The Phoenix are yet to get off the mark for the season but Fowler is not taking the clash lightly with plenty of threats in the team, including former Premier League striker Gary Hooper.


“I think Wellington have played reasonably well and been a bit unlucky themselves,” he continued.

“They pulled a massive coup getting Gary Hooper over here – he’s a proven goal scorer so we as a defensive team have to be on our toes.”

Roar attacker Jai Ingham, who came on as a substitute in the come-from-behind win against Melbourne City, echoed his Head Coach’s sentiment about the positive feeling among the group.

“Coming off the back of an amazing win last weekend was awesome – we’re in high spirits and the boys are very confident,” Ingham said.

“There’s a new feel around the group, everyone’s a bit chirpier this week.”

Ingham registered an assist in the maiden win of the campaign and is hoping he can continue to make a positive impact.


“It was very good for me and I think I made the most of it,” the attacker added.

“When you get your opportunities like that you have to take them – I ended up getting an assist and created a good impact which you have to do as a substitute.”

The New Zealand international will also face a host of familiar faces across the ditch.

“I know a fair few of the boys there and they’re all very good guys – hopefully I can get some form and get back in the national team,” the Kiwi concluded. 


Hyundai A-League 2019/20 – Round 7: Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 23 November (4pm KO QLD Time)