A-League leaders Brisbane Roar won’t be parking the bus to maintain their seven-point gap on Western Sydney on Friday night.
Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith says there’s no way the dominant A-League leaders will head to boisterous Parramatta Stadium attempting to defend their seven-point advantage over Western Sydney Wanders.
Smith promised a no-holds-barred attacking spectacle in the top-of-the-table Friday night clash where another Roar victory would virtually end the battle for the Premier’s Plate with nine rounds left.
The defender has put any thoughts of the minor premiership to the side but stressed attack-focussed Brisbane would be going full throttle for the win with their slick passing game.
“We always play the same way away from home as we do at home,” he said on Monday.
“We will go down there and go for the win, that’s the only way we know how to play.
“We’re not going to be a team that plays counter-attack football.”
They certainly didn’t settle for hard-earned draws in their past two matches, coming from 1-0 down to beat both Wellington and Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium with late winners.
The victories brought back fresh memories of their 2011 and 2012 grand final wins over the Mariners and Perth Glory where they turned both deciders on their head with thrilling doubles.
“We’re always going to be a team that keeps going,” Smith said. “We’re not scared about going to go down. We always stick to our structures, whether we are ahead 3 or 4-0 or down 1-0.
“We’ll always keep pushing.”
Last season, the Roar’s campaign ended with a 2-0 semi-final loss to the Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium but this time it’s Brisbane who have all the momentum.
Western Sydney (30) have played one extra game than the Roar (37) and need to win at home to keep the pulse beating on their plate defence.
“It will be a fantastic occasion with both teams going for the three points,” Smith said.
“It should be quite open and I’m sure there will be lots of chances and it could be tipped as one of the biggest games of the season.”
Meantime, midfielder Steve Lustica is set to officially return to the Roar this week after being released by Adelaide on Sunday night.
The paperwork on his signature could be finished mid-week and Lustica may be available to line up against the Wanderers with an injury cloud still hanging over Matt McKay.