Origin great expects Sydney FC to "fold” against Roar
FOOTBALL: Queensland State of Origin legend Trevor Gillmeister tips unbeaten A-League leaders Sydney FC to "fold” under a wave of Brisbane Roar pressure at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Roar have again played up the Queensland-New South Wales rivalry in promoting the Sky Blues' latest visit to the "Cauldron”.
Gillmeister was a special guest at Thursday's Roar training session, where he addressed the players and was presented with a replica of the maroon jerseys Brisbane will wear on Friday night as they embrace the famous Queensland spirit.
"One thing about the New South Wales blokes ... if you put them under pressure they turn into individuals and they work for themselves, and they're a bit selfish,” Gillmeister told the Roar squad.
"That's across all footy codes. Put them under the pump and I reckon they'll fold.”
Despite being born in Sydney, star Roar midfielder and "adopted Queenslander” Brett Holman bought into Gillmeister's message.
"When I was growing up, these were the sort of players I was watching when you're talking about State of Origin football,” Holman said.
"It's great for them to come down and give us some words of wisdom.”
Sydney hasn't lost an A-League match this season and has an 11-point lead at the top of the A-League ladder.
Third-placed Roar is 16 points adrift of the Sydneysiders, but has won its past three matches in all competitions, including Tuesday night's 6-0 AFC Champions League playoff drubbing of Filipino outfit Global FC.
In-form Brandon Borrello scored four against Global, but will miss Friday night's match through suspension.
Roar coach John Aloisi was confident the Roar could overcome the absence of Borrello.
"If Brandon's not playing, someone else will step in and do a good job,” Aloisi said.
"The ones that go out there tomorrow night, I'm confident they'll do the job for us to get the win.”