Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey says his side deserve to be at the top of the A-League after their strong season continued with a 2-1 win over Adelaide.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey believes his side deserve to be at the perch of the A-League ladder after disposing of Adelaide United.
The Roar recorded their seventh victory of the season after coming from behind to defeat the Reds 2-1 on their home turf on Friday night.
Striker Besart Berisha was the star of the show for the league leaders netting both goals.
The Albanian forward coolly slotted a first-half penalty after the visitors fell behind to Reds defender Osama Malik’s seventh minute opener, before poking home the winner after slinking past two defenders with some fancy footwork.
“We deserve to be where we are on the league ladder, Friday wasn’t one of our best performances, but it’s very important to win games when you’re not playing well particularly against a team that is desperate for points and playing at home,” Mulvey said.
While Brisbane move six points clear at the top of the table with the rest of the weekend’s fixtures still to play, Adelaide remain grounded in eighth and at risk of falling further down.
Despite the Reds claiming just one win in nine matches, Mulvey felt United were capable of climbing into finals contention down the stretch.
“They probably need a bit of luck to go their way, but I believe they are playing the game in the right manner and deserve a lot of credit for that,” he said.
Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau echoed his counterpart’s sentiments in that the Reds were playing the right brand of football to produce results, but was disappointed to not see that come to fruition yet again.
“I am satisfied with the players, they are working very hard and playing brilliant football,” he said.
“For the people who understand football they can see that Adelaide United played a very good game and created a lot of chances, which normally would result in a win, but unfortunately on Friday we were unlucky.
“Of course I am unhappy with the result, not for me or the players because they are believing and working well, but for the fans, for the people who come here and do not see the team winning.
Brisbane travel to Wellington to face the Phoenix next weekend while Adelaide host defending champions Central Coast.