Top of the table NYL clash


Brisbane Roar Youth face familiar opposition today, playing Melbourne City Youth for the second time in just over a week as the Young Roar visit C.B. Smith Reserve on Monday afternoon (3:30pm KO QLD time) for a huge Foxtel National Youth League match.

The Young Roar trail City’s Foxtel NYL side by two points with three matches remaining, as top spot in Conference A is up for grabs in this mouth-watering clash. Click here for the current NYL Ladder.

Brisbane relinquished top spot after falling to City 4-1 at AJ Kelly Park on Thursday, 22 December and Robinson says his side learnt a lot from that home loss.

“We created a lot of chances but when you play against good teams they don’t need endless opportunities,” said Robinson.

“The focus is now on how we can be more clinical.”

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“It’s not only a learning opportunity but a stepping-stone to where we’re at and where we want to go.”

City’s youth side were dangerous on the counter-attack last time out, an issue Robinson has focused on during training this week.

“We want to dominate but when we do lose the ball we want to get it back as quickly as possible and in areas where we can control it,” Robinson said.

“When it doesn’t go our way we need platforms in place to make sure we’re strong enough to absorb pressure and then get back to creating opportunities.”

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Robinson has been impressed with both his players’ competitive nature and their hunger for development.

“Every time we go on the park we should be looking to improve, and we do! That’s not just the coaching staff; it’s also within the playing group,” said Robinson.

“They continually want to push the boundaries and ask how they can get better.”

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