Roar coach confident his team can end Sydney's run
FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says his team will carry great momentum as it tries to end Sydney FC's unbeaten run at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Sydney has not lost an A-League match this season and has an 11-point lead at the top of the ladder.
But the Roar is on a good run of its own, winning three games in row including Tuesday night's 6-0 thrashing of Filipino outfit Global FC in the Asian Champions League playoff.
"Spirits are high and our last three games have been excellent in terms of performances and results,” Aloisi said.
"It's an important game for us as the end of the season gets closer.
"Every match suddenly becomes the biggest game of the season.”
Aloisi said his players were confident of ending the Sky Blues' chances of becoming the first Australian side to go through a domestic campaign without defeat.
"We know how good we can be, especially at home,” he said.
"We know that they (Sydney FC) don't enjoy playing here, so we're looking forward to it.”
"There are going to be many individual battles but we're hoping we get the better of them as a team.”
In-form Brandon Borrello, who scored four against Global, will miss the big game through suspension but Aloisi said there were other players who could cover for the front man and still cause the visitors problems.
"If Brandon's not playing, someone else will step in and do a good job,” he said.
"The ones that go out there tomorrow night, I'm confident they'll do the job for us to get the win.”
One of those who could start is Brett Holman, who scored the late winner to defeat Western Sydney Wanderers last week.
Holman played a cameo last week as he continues his comeback from a long-term knee injury but the former Socceroo said he was ready to play whatever role the coach wanted.
"The body feels good, the knee feels great,” he said.
"What sort of role I play tonight, that comes down to the boss.
"You can't sort of comment too much on form because I have only played 70-odd minutes.
"But the most important thing this week was coming out unscathed in terms of injury-wise, body-wise.
"There is no reaction with the knee and I am buzzing.
"I am happy to go whenever the boss needs me I will be ready.”
Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory forward Max Beister has been granted extended compassionate leave from the club.
The 26-year-old, who is on a one-year loan from German club 1. FSV Mainz 05, has played nine times for the Victory in this campaign, scoring once.
"I would like to thank (coach) Kevin Muscat and all the Melbourne Victory players and staff for allowing me the wonderful experience of playing in Australia at this club,” Beister said.
"Unfortunately, some things in life are bigger than football, and the best thing for me is to return to Germany.”