German maestro Thomas Broich wants A-League leaders Brisbane Roar to stay true to their attacking roots against the Newcastle Jets.
Milestone man Thomas Broich has challenged the Brisbane Roar to return to their ruthless attacking style in Sunday’s A-League clash with bogey side Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium.
Broich will play his 100th match for the Roar as Brisbane look to jump 10 points clear on the premiership table by overturning their poor recent record against the Jets.
While Clayton Zane’s team have not won in their past seven starts, they are the only club to have beaten the Roar twice this season.
But Broich dismissed any thought Brisbane, without victory over Newcastle in their past four meetings dating back to last season, will be motivated to shrug a monkey off their back.
The German maestro is more concerned about the Roar’s mentality after being upset by the way they protected an early 1-0 lead against Western Sydney last week at Parramatta instead of continuing their attack on the home side.
“We started well and we played our game and we got the lead and then it was all about not losing the game and that’s not our style,” Broich said.
“After we conceded we decided to play football again and the big question is why didn’t we do that for the majority of the game?”
For all the gritty and gutsy defence shown to grab a 1-1 draw, Broich said his team needed to maintain an attacking mentality throughout.
“It’s great that we can dig deep and we can defend and throw our bodies on the line and it shows great character but we have to improve on that,” he said.
“Maybe we were a bit too protective so hopefully we can play better football (this week).”
Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey will wait until Sunday afternoon before deciding whether to give Matt McKay a surprise return from ankle injury.
But it’s likely the energetic midfielder will sit out another week, just as the Jets aren’t expected to unveil their own Socceroo in newly-signed David Carney.
Zane has indicated there’s more chance marquee striker Emile Heskey will return from a back strain, possibly as an impact weapon off the bench.
“If he’s fit, I think it’s hard not to put (Heskey) into the team because he’s such a physical presence,” the Jets coach said.
Injury-hit Newcastle have slumped to ninth in their poor past seven weeks, hurt mostly by defensive deficiencies which has seen them concede 11 goals from their past four matches.