Brisbane Roar’s Isuzu UTE A-League squad is back on the road as they take on the Newcastle Jets on Friday night. Meanwhile, our Liberty A-League team are back at home for their match against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Isuzu UTE A-League
It will be business as usual for Warren Moon’s squad as they head south to take on the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.
It will be the squad’s first game on the road since October when they travelled to Western Sydney Wanderers.
After coming away with a draw against Adelaide United, thanks to a late penalty from Jay O’Shea, the Roar will be looking to build on their performance against the Jets.
The squad have lost just one game from their six matches so far this season, drawing four and picking up a win.
Moon said that despite the run of results, his side was still right in the mix.
“A win on Friday and we’re right into the top six and the only team to beat us so far is Melbourne City, who are probably the benchmark for the league,” he said.
“We know how the A-League works and whilst we wanted to win more games than we have, we know once you’ve gone on a run of wins you catapult up the league pretty quickly.
“There is no panic from us…we’re calm about it, we know we need to score more goals and I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating chances but we are.”
The Roar have won four of their past six games against the Newcastle Jets, keeping the Jets to one goal or less in each of those four wins.
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Brisbane Roar’s Liberty A-League side will try to leverage their home ground advantage over Western Sydney Wanderers this Saturday when they return to A.J. Kelly Park.
Following a 4-0 loss to Sydney FC, the Roar will be looking for redemption this weekend.
Head Coach Garrath McPherson said there were positive takeaways from last weekend’s loss which will help to bolster the Roar’s chances moving forward.
“We were much more patient in possession, picking and choosing the moments we wanted to move the ball forward,” he said.
“We felt we executed the key tactical strategy that we had, but unfortunately, we got caught out with a few little lapses in concentration.
“The team left really positive in terms of the fight and spirit that they had.”
Roar fans were excited to see Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry back at training this week, who will be available for selection while Mariel Hecher, who had been sidelined with an injury, is also expected to make her return.
McPherson said Gorry and Hecher’s return to the squad will provide the competitive edge needed, against the Wanderers this weekend
“They are probably our two most creative central midfielders which will impact the chances we are able to create,” McPherson said.
Catch all the action between Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers live on Paramount+ and 10Play.
Isuzu UTE A-League
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
Friday 16 December
McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick off 6:45pm AEST
Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 17 December
A.J. Kelly Park
Kick off 4:00pm AEST