Roar’s determined to find a way to victory

Looking sharp ... Henrique at Brisbane Roar training. Photo: AAP Image.
Looking sharp ... Henrique at Brisbane Roar training. Photo: AAP Image. Chris Hyde

In Brisbane's stunning turnaround season, many people would forget the team actually has a poor winning record away from home.

The Roar faces the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night in the last round of the regular A-League season, where a win will secure it the minor premiership before the finals start.

The men in orange have been superb at home, winning 11, drawing two and losing just one.

That has helped them complete a massive turnaround from last season, when they only qualified for the finals because of Perth's salary cap indiscretions.

But their record away from Suncorp Stadium has yielded just three wins, three draws and six losses.

The Roar's final regular-season assignment will not be easy, away to last season's champions.

It was the Victory which claimed a resounding 4-0 win the last time the two sides met at AAMI Park on January 15.

When the question about the Roar's record on the road was put to striker Henrique, he struggled to pinpoint why his team had struggled away.

"Well, if I did know that answer before I would tell the coach," he said.

"But we're going to prepare well - as you can see the training was sharp.

"If we do our best away as we do at home, we'll get the result."

Henrique only strengthened his tag as the "super sub" in the Roar's 2-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, scoring from the penalty spot after 67 minutes, following his entry after 50 minutes.

A key part of the Roar's success this season has been the strength of its bench, with substitutes Steve Lustica and Tommy Oar also capable of making strong impacts.

"All of us are working hard to be on the pitch, and no matter how long we're there we try our best," Henrique said.

The livewire Brazilian said his teammates were not thinking about the premiership spoils which would come their way if they could beat the Victory this weekend.

"First we'll think about the next game and if we win we're going to finish on top," he said.

"After that we'll start to think about the other games and the championship."

Left-back Corey Brown is also taking it only one game at a time after being preferred at left-back for Shane Stefanutto in the past four games.

"I'm happy. I went away and worked on a few things - the team was going well at the start of the season," Brown said.

"I had to fight to get my place back, and I did.

"I'm doing pretty well at the moment, so hopefully I can keep that form up and the team can keep winning."



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