Roar staying strong & united


Belief remains high at Brisbane Roar ahead of Friday night’s clash against Melbourne Victory in the face of a disappointing defeat in Newcastle on Sunday.

Captain Matt McKay says his side has played good football in large parts of the opening seven rounds with results just not falling the Roar’s way, with the Captain affirming that belief in the playing group remains strong. 

“There’s no panic,” McKay said following training on Tuesday morning. 

“The last two weeks, we’ve had good performances, but just not got the results. 

“We’re seven games into the season, there’s 27 games…we’re going to fight for ourselves and our fans to get to where we belong. 

“It will turn around for us, I’ve got no doubt about that.  We did it last season and we are sticking together and staying strong as a group.”


Brisbane returns to Suncorp Stadium for the first time in almost a month this Friday night to take on the second-placed Victory. 

The Roar remain unbeaten at Suncorp this season, with just the one goal conceded at the venue so far in the season.

Experienced midfielder Thomas Kristensen says that his side has plans to make Suncorp a nightmare for visiting teams. 

“We want to create a fortress at home — especially now in the summer months where it’s hot, humid and teams will struggle,” Kristensen said.

There’s an air of excitement within the camp ahead of what is always a hotly-contested fixture against the Victory.

The two sides split the ledger last season, with a draw and an away win apiece, with both sides locked on 55 goals each in 42 meetings.

The visitors also bring a five-game winning streak to Suncorp Stadium.


“The Victory will be a good test for us but we’re very capable of doing a job against them,” McKay stated. 

“We’ve done it in the past and we have a strong record at Suncorp [Stadium], so we’re going to get on that home turf and give it our all again.

“We’ll press and fight, that’s got to be the cornerstone of what we do. Play our way, negate their strengths and pound on their weaknesses.”

The Victory boast a number of key internationals, such as Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda, who will keep the Brisbane defence on high alert. 

“He’s [Honda] not their only player, they have a lot of good players we need to watch,” Kristensen said. 

“They have a lot of good players but so do we!”  

yundai A-League Round 8: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory, Saturday, 14 December, Suncorp Stadium (6:50pm KO)