Brisbane could become the most dominant team in regular-season A-League history but Roar captain Matt Smith says performance, not points, is his goal.
Brisbane could turn a dominant A-League season into a record-breaking one if they can extend their league lead by three more points before the end of the campaign.
The Roar wrapped up the 2013-14 premiership with a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory last weekend for a 10-point lead with three rounds remaining.
If they can extend that advantage to 13 points, it will eclipse the Victory’s 12 points in 2006-07 as the biggest final margin between first and second.
The statistic would cap a dominant year in style for the Roar but captain Matt Smith says that isn’t what is motivating his teammates over the coming weeks.
Instead, Smith – who welcomed the arrival of his third child as well as securing the premier’s plate in a big personal week – says ensuring the Roar are firing before the finals is all that matters.
“We’ve never been a club that’s focused on the points, to be honest,” he said.
“We’ve always been a club that’s focused on performances.
“We’ve strung together some very good performances this year but we’ve scraped some three points as well. I’d like to see us use these next games to really build our performances, get that consistency going coming into the finals.
“Of course points should then come, that’s just the way it works, but we’ll be more focused on making sure we perform well on a consistent basis for the rest of the year.”
Midfielder Luke Brattan was the match-winner against the Victory despite a hip complaint, leading to speculation he could be making a late charge into Socceroos’ consideration for this year’s World Cup.
England-born Smith, himself capped three times by Australia, says chasing a spot in Ange Postecoglu’s squad should be another motivating factor for Roar players if they need one.
“Everyone’s putting their hand up,” he said.
“They’d be silly not to be putting in good performances now.”