Neville: We want to make Suncorp a fortress again

Brisbane Roar defender, Scott Neville says his side are looking to make Suncorp Stadium a fortress ahead of Friday’s home clash against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

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The Roar start the weekend in fourth on the Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s ladder but are just a point shy of the league leading Wanderers.

Ross Aloisi’s side have perfect record at Suncorp so far this season, having picked up wins against Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

Neville, who has started alongside Tom Aldred in the heart of the Roar defence in all five of the Roar’s league matches so far this season hailed the impact the sides new Head Coach.

“It’s been a really exciting start, I think to win the two games at home were crucial and we picked up a win and a draw away and a performance in Wellington that was below par, but apart from that been a really good start,” Neville said.

“But, as Ross (Aloisi) always says it’s about the process and then the outcomes will come from there, so we’ll continue to work hard and focus week by week moving forward.

“Last year’s a completely different vibe and you know Ross has completely changed the dynamic of the playing group and the club and the way we play now is a lot more exciting.

“Me as a defender, really enjoying this style of play and it’s an aggressive style of play, you know we’re on the front foot and like you said there’s three or four players that have scored numerous goals already and that’s down to the way we play and what what Ross has implemented from pre-season, you know it’s a journey so we’re going to get even better as the season progresses.”

The defender added his side were hungry to build on their strong home form and make Suncorp Stadium the fortress it once was.

“I used to play against Brisbane Roar when they were under the Ange Postecoglou era and it was disgusting to come up here,” Neville said.

“You know it was a really hard, tough place to come and if you got any sort of result it was good.

“We want to kind of replicate that through our own processes and the way that we play under Ross and really make it a fortress and win as many games as possible.

“We love playing behind our fans and the more wins we get and the better we’re doing, the bigger the crowd.”

Roar have already met the Wanderers once this season, running out 4-2 winners in a thrilling Australia Cup Quarter Final tie thanks to goals from Carlo Armiento, Thomas Waddingham, Joe Caletti and Henry Hore at Perry Park in September.

Despite being unbeaten in their last six competitive clashes with the Wanderers Neville said his side wouldn’t be taking their opponents lightly on Friday night.

“They had a good win against Sydney FC last week, so we’ll stick to the way that we play and you know we beat them up here in the Cup quite convincingly, so we’ll be looking to continue that form and create as many chances,” Neville said.

“But like I said they’re a resolute team and I think they had the best defence last year and they’ve been good again this year, so it’ll be a tough test for us but something that we’re relishing.”

Isuzu-UTE A-League Men 2023-24 – Round 6: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Suncorp Stadium, Milton
Friday, 1 December (6:45pm KO)