Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey wants the A-League’s defending champions to be rewarded with a home fixture for their next FFA Cup clash.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey hopes his side’s crushing 4-0 victory over the Sterling Lions will be the last of their road games in the inaugural FFA Cup.
The defending A-League champions travelled west to thrash the WA State League club and cruised to victory through goals to Henrique, Corey Brown, Matt Smith and Jean Carlos Solorzano.
The Roar will now embark on a trip to Townsville to play the Northern Fury, Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets starting this Sunday before a final 16 FFA Cup match-up.
And, while he is supportive of the Cup concept and was happy to travel to Perth, Mulvey wants that knock-out clash to be held in Brisbane.
“I would love a home game. I think we’ve done our travelling,” Mulvey said.
“We couldn’t have travelled any further in Australia and I wouldn’t mind a home game next for our fans.
“It’s pleasing to get this result because it was a banana skin waiting to happen and fortunately we didn’t fall over it.
“We love coming to Western Australia but this was a difficult task because you saw what happened last week when Adelaide City beat Western Sydney.
“It was never going to be an easy task and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.”
While the Roar were close to full strength to take on the Lions, they were without Matt McKay, Liam Miller, Luke Brown and Mensur Kurtishi.
They came through mostly unscathed, with Henrique taking a knock to the neck, but Mulvey expects his whole squad to be available for the 10-day round-robin in Townsville, where he plans on taking 25 players.
“We have got a good artillery of quality back home with Luke Brown, Liam Miller, Matt McKay, Mensur and some more young lads who we will give an opportunity to,” Mulvey said.
Brisbane will open their A-League season at home against Adelaide United on Sunday October 12.