Brisbane Roar will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 loss to Adelaide when they play the Glory in Perth on Sunday.
Brisbane Roar will be aiming to put a leash on Sonic the Hedgehog when they lock horns with Perth Glory in Sunday’s A-League clash at nib Stadium.
The Roar are hungry to taste victory after opening their title defence with an upset 2-1 home loss to Adelaide, but star Glory recruit Andy Keogh looms as their biggest stumbling block.
The Irish international scored a glut of goals for Glory during the pre-season, before opening his A-League account with a neat header in last week’s 2-1 win over Wellington.
Roar midfielder Liam Miller knows all too well about Keogh’s nous after they teamed together for the Republic of Ireland several years ago.
But Keogh’s silky skillset isn’t the only thing he is renowned for.
“He’s had some strange hair-dos over the years,” Miller said with a laugh.
“He even had the hair straighteners at one point. The boys used to call him Sonic, as in Sonic the Hedgehog.
“Each to their own as they say.
“He’s a good lad.
“It’s a great signing for Perth. It will be nice to catch up with him.”
Miller spent two years at the Glory before helping lift the Roar to last season’s title.
The 33-year-old admits it will be harder for Brisbane to win the Championship this season due to the overall rise in quality of their A-League rivals.
Roar coach Mike Mulvey isn’t panicking despite last week’s setback.
“The thing about football is goals in the against column seem to make the headlines scream louder,” Mulvey said.
“Headlines will scream Roar lose or Roar win, and it changes someone’s feelings straight away.
“That’s why headline writers get the job they’ve got – to catch the attention.
“But I have a strong belief in what we’re trying to achieve and how we’re going about it.
“We know we can play good quality football, we just need to get back on the horse as soon as possible.”
The Roar will be without suspended midfielder Matt McKay, while Glory winger Sidnei will be sidelined for at least three more weeks due to a calf injury.