Roar confident at the fortress


Defender Luke DeVere says the Roar will take confidence into any match at Suncorp Stadium, regardless of the opposition.

The Roar turned Suncorp Stadium into one of the Hyundai A-League’s most feared venues for travelling sides, losing just once at home throughout the 2015/16 season.

Next to visit the fortress is Melbourne City on Friday night (November 4, 6:50pm KO Qld time). Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Brisbane Roar supporters wear orange, but we’re all maroon at heart! Fans are encouraged to wear orange to the match for the opportunity to win a signed maroon Brisbane Roar 2016/17 jersey at half-time.

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With four points from two homes games to begin the 2016-17 campaign, DeVere says the Roar will back themselves against side at home.

“We back ourselves to be a good team, especially at Suncorp Stadium. Teams struggle coming up here and we get a lot of positive results at home,” he said.

“We’re confident against any opposition at home, we’ll put in a good performance and get the result we’re after.

“Hopefully what we’ve done in the last couple of weeks has given our fans incentive to want to come watch what will be an exciting game.”

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Friday night’s clash will be Tim Cahill’s only visit to Suncorp Stadium this season, but the Roar defence can’t afford to centre their attention solely on Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer.

“If we start focusing on one opposition player we start losing focus on what we’re about and what we’re trying to do,” DeVere said.  

“Especially in the home games, we want to make the opposition worry about us.”

Brandon Borrello’s (below)  second-half goal secured Brisbane’s first home victory of the season in a dominant display against the Glory on Sunday evening, providing confidence and momentum heading into Friday night’s clash.

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“We definitely deserved the win against Perth. I thought defensively we were good and we created a lot of chances so I think walking away with a draw would have been unjust,” DeVere said.

“The team’s got a lot of belief that if we stick to what we’re doing that the results will come and as the team start to gel more things will improve.

“I think that was our best performance on the weekend and hopefully we can take that moving forward now. With the attacking players we have and the threat we pose going forward, there’s no doubt that the goals will come as the season goes on.”

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The Roar will be up against a potent Melbourne City attack featuring Tim Cahill as well as slippery South Americans Bruno Fornaroli and Fernando Brandán, but DeVere believes the Roar have the defence to contain the trio, as well as the attacking prowess to counter.

“We’re aware that Melbourne City have some great players but at the same time we do too and we’re confident that we’re going to be up there as well and can deal with anything they throw at us,” he said.

“Both Corey Brown and Jack Hingert have started the season well and they’re both quick, agile fullbacks so I’m confident that they will be able to deal with anything that’s thrown at them.”