Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe will need to be at his best to deny Brisbane Roar’s attackers when the A-League sides meet on Saturday night.
In the battle of the A-League most’s attacking outfits, Melbourne Victory’s Nathan Coe will be one of the few hoping for no goals in Saturday night’s hosting of Brisbane Roar.
The Victory goalkeeper has made a number of inspirational saves in recent weeks to maintain his side’s momentum.
He was at his acrobatic best to deny Labinot Haliti in the opening minutes of the Wanderers game, resisting last year’s runners-up for 70 minutes until Brendon Santalab netted the opener.
He’s determined to improve that record when Brisbane Roar come to AAMI Park.
“They’re in first position and that’s where we want to be so for us it’s a massive opportunity and get closer and bridge the gap,” Coe said.
“There’s always room for improvement … clean sheets are always good and I could have kept a few more.”
Clean sheets could have a personal reward for Coe, who admits hopes of travelling to Brazil for the World Cup despite tough competition from European-based keepers Mat Ryan and Mitchell Langerak.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of but first and foremost I need to do my job here.”
Coe got a taste of Brazilian glory on Saturday when super-sub Gui Finkler netted his equalising free kick.
While he was the furthest man away from the goal, it didn’t stop him showering Finkler with praise.
“He’s been working hard to get back to full fitness and it’s great to see him coming on, scoring important goals and changing games,” Coe said.
But could he have saved it?
“I don’t know … it was a great shot, last minute, it’s what dreams are made of,” he said.
After the Roar match, Victory return to AAMI Park 10 days later for a rematch against the Wanderers.
Last Saturday’s 1-1 draw was marred by crowd trouble from the travelling fans, with flares and detonators let off causing other fans to leave the match.
Coe was up close with the travelling Red and Black Bloc in the second half, saying he did his best to block it all out.
“We just try and focus on the game as much as possible. We can’t get too caught up in what’s happening around the ground,” he said.
“It adds a bit of character but it’s also dangerous. We don’t want to see it too often,” he said.
While two travelling fans were charged with offences from the Wanderers visit, Victoria Police have not committed to an extra police presence but will “continue to work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the safety of all participants at A-League games”.