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Party-pooping not on Roar’s agenda, says coach

BRISBANE Roar coach Mike Mulvey wants to be clear about one thing - his team is not going down to face the Victory in order to spoil the party tonight.

A bumper crowd of about 30,000 is expected for the Etihad Stadium clash to farewell coach Ange Postecoglou, who was unveiled as the new Socceroos coach on Wednesday.

What Mulvey isn't clear about is why Postecoglou is still coaching a club team.

"We're not going down to spoil any party. There's a lot of hoopla at the moment about the Socceroos job," Mulvey said.

"It's good news for the players that we've got a Socceroos coach named.

"I'm quite amazed that he's coaching this job against us, because I thought he's already got another job."

The Victory has been widely tipped to win this season's championship, but Mulvey believes he has a team more than capable of matching it with the hosts.

"If you look at the experience we brought in with Matty (McKay) (pictured) and Liam (Miller), and then you add that to Thomas (Broich), Jade (North), Matt (Smith), Ivan (Franjic), Michael (Theo), it goes on," he said. "We're not short on confidence.

"If we go down there with the normal ingredients of our performance, which is hard work from the start, good collaboration on the field, looking like we're as one, then everything will be fine."

Mulvey added he had full faith his team could do the job without striker Besart Berisha, out this week and possibly next with a hamstring injury.

"We dearly miss Bes (Berisha) - he's an inspiration on the park," he said.

"But one thing we've done over the off-season is we've built that belief we can win with and without certain players.

"And one of the reasons for bringing in Matty (McKay) and Liam was to alleviate that level of expectancy upon the shoulders of Thomas Broich or Besart Berisha."



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