Wounded Victory present Roar with unique challenge
ROAR coach Robbie Fowler is wary of a Melbourne Victory backlash as he calls on the Brisbane public to turn out in droves at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
After last weekend's bye, the Roar return to action desperate to build on their gritty first-round 1-1 away draw with Perth Glory.
The Victory, under new coach Marco Kurz, are desperate for different reasons after a less-than-memorable start to their 2019-20 A-League campaign.
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They have just one point from two matches and will travel to Brisbane still licking their wounds after losing at home 2-1 to Western Sydney Wanderers last Friday night.
"It's hasn't been ideal from their point of view," Fowler said.
"Is it a good thing for us? I don't know if it is because Melbourne Victory over the years have been an absolutely classy club with class players.
"They're probably a little bit wounded at the minute, which doesn't make our life any easier because they'll want to come to Suncorp Stadium and put in a good performance.
"It doesn't make our game any easier. In fact it's probably a bit more difficult.
"We know there are a great bunch of players under that manager who will get results, there's no doubt about that."
Fowler said the bigger the crowd the better as the Roar sought to maximise their home ground advantage in their first game this season at Suncorp Stadium.
"In terms of going forward, we want to get big crowds, we want to get as many fans in as possible and give us that ultimate support we need. We'd massively appreciate it," he said.
Fowler said the Suncorp Stadium atmosphere was "unreal" and "incredible" in July 2015 when in his then role as a Liverpool ambassador, he was part of the 50,000-strong crowd that watched the Reds beat the Roar 2-1 in a pre-season trial.
"I know Liverpool brought a lot of supporters themselves from all over Australia … but it relates to the players and the players will give a little bit more," he said.
"But regardless of who's watching, good players can play in whatever environment is put in front of them."
Fowler admitted the bye was untimely after his side's encouraging performance in Perth.
"We've had a little bit of time to prepare for this game, which is probably not ideal in terms of wanting to get out there straight away (after the draw with the Glory)," he said.
"But it is what it is. We've adapted well to it and all the boys can't wait to play football again."