Mileusnic: Everyone knows their role

Brisbane Roar winger, Nikola Mileusnic praised his sides strength in depth following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

Goals from Jez Lofthouse and Jay O’Shea sealed Roar’s first Isuzu UTE A-League victory over United at Coopers Stadium since December 2017.

Roar now sit second on the A-League ladder just a point shy of league leaders, Macarthur after seven rounds of action.

Speaking post-match, Mileusnic, who sits alongside O’Shea and Henry Hore at the top of the club’s goalscoring charts said he was delighted to get the win against his former club.

“It’s always good to come home and play in front of the family at Coopers, it’s a great stadium, so it’s always good to come home.

“The first half was quite difficult for us, I think we hung in there which was great coming in at half time 0-0.

“Obviously we fixed a few things and came out and got on the ball a bit more, starting to play through the midfield and getting our plays working, so at the end it came together, so very happy with the win.”

The Roar were forced into a pair of first half substitutions after Scott Neville and Antonee Burke-Gilroy went down with injury.

Mileusnic said having the quality of the likes of Kai Trewin and Louis Zabala to come off the bench was a big plus for his side.

“Obviously, in the first half we lost (Scott) Neville but Kai (Trewin) stepped in and he’s a great player to have coming in and he’s a great player and he can do a job,” Mileusnic said.

“It’s good knowing everyone in the squad knows their role, so whoever comes in I think will fit the system and know what to do so it’s quite an easy transition.”

Next up for Roar is a trip to face Western United, who currently sit bottom of the league at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 7: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Sunday, 10 December

Adelaide United – 0
Brisbane Roar – 2 (Jez LOFTHOUSE 47’, Jay O’SHEA 54’)