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    Brisbane will look to use their home ground advantage to kick-start a potentially record-breaking run for the A-League title when they take on Western Sydney, on Friday.

    The Roar finished the regular season in third place and as such are looking to be the first team to win the A-League grand final from outside the top two.

    Roar Striker and joint Golden Boot winner Jamie Maclaren says creating history is a nice bit of motivation but Brisbane won’t be distracted by it.

    “The record is there to be broken,” Maclaren said.

    “We’re at home so it will be especially important to stick to our structures, we know what we can do at home.”

    Suncorp Stadium has been an intimidating venue for opposing teams with the Roar winning 51 per cent of their games at home this season so not even the short turnaround from Sunday to Friday is bothering Maclaren.

    Nor is the fact the Wanderers have had an extra day to prepare for the encounter.

    “It’s a short turnaround for Friday but players would much prefer to be playing rather than training,” Maclaren said.

    And while Maclaren is an old hand at finals football it’s going to be a new experience for a man he has gelled with well this season in former Socceroos star Brett Holman.

    Holman understands the need for him to stand up and be counted now more than ever.

    “In the role where I am, you have to provide goals and score,” Holman said.

    “If you’re in that attacking area you have to score goals and create them, that’s my job and hopefully I can continue to do that.”

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    • April 18th 2017 @ 7:47am
      Waz said | April 18th 2017 @ 7:47am | ! Report

      I’m sure Wanderers, Glory & City are planning to make history as well. It will happen one year but last year was the most probable, with the top 4 or 5 sides so evenly matched, but it didn’t happen then with the top 2 still making the final, so it is no easy task!

      • April 18th 2017 @ 12:41pm
        j binnie said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

        Waz – Don’t know if you noticed but Roar have just appointed a man to their staff who has qualifications in management/coaching that far outstrip the qualifications of any coach at Roar presently.
        Interesting appointment. Cheers jb

        • April 18th 2017 @ 1:41pm
          Tezza said | April 18th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

          ok JB now you have caught my interest, I can`t find the appointment anywhere, who is it and what does it mean for us?

          • April 18th 2017 @ 2:43pm
            Waz said | April 18th 2017 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

            Drew Sherman. TD.

          • April 18th 2017 @ 3:30pm
            j binnie said | April 18th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

            Tezza- The lad is only 29 and sat for his top coaching tickets in England and passed out at the age of 21. He is from coaching “stock” his father was employed in a coaching capacity by the FFA ,but left to take up a position in his, the father’s ,homeland ,New Zealand, where he is still employed ,more in the coaching of coaches than a direct coaching with teams.
            It would appear Drew has been busy locally with getting out visiting other Brisbane football clubs with an eye to using Roar’s potential Academy which is yet to be formally announced.This is a huge step in the right direction. Let’s hope the lad succeeds, where many others have failed miserably. Cheers jb.

        • April 18th 2017 @ 2:46pm
          Waz said | April 18th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

          I did jb. He visited my junior club a while back (our junior clubs TD is an ex-Roar player) and while I didn’t get to meet him he left a great impression on the coaching guys. He was offered the same time at an English club but turned it down for Brisbane – it’s rare you get to build an academy from scratch these days. Roar and football in Brisbane generally will be better for his appointment.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 8:08am
      Johnny J-Dog said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Looking forward to a home grand final against Perth.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 8:12am
      Chopper said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

      With players coming back from injury JA will have almost a full squad to choose from and there is no reason to suggest that Brisbane Roar will not go all the way. They do perform better against the top teams and have run Sydney close on two occasions however that’s not saying that either Sydney or MV will make the finals. I fancy a Roar v Melbourne City GF at Suncorp but it really does not matter where the GF is played as long as Brisbane are in it they can win it.

      • April 18th 2017 @ 9:40am
        Cool and Cold said | April 18th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report


    • April 18th 2017 @ 8:42am
      Franko said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      I’m not sure they’ll get past WSW.

      I think the FFA wants SFC v WSW in the second week of the finals, let the penalties rain….

    • April 18th 2017 @ 9:06am
      TK said | April 18th 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Good to see Holman has finally realised he needs to stand up. His performance on sunday had plenty of ppl asking why hasn’t he played like that the previous 26 rounds. Wsw will be a challenge for us especially with the defence we have put up in the last two games…sunday was particularly poor. Anyway lets hope we put on a good performance on friday night.

      • April 18th 2017 @ 12:30pm
        Waz said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        I think the two months he was out following his kneee operation account for some of the previous 26 rounds though? Sounds like he wasn’t fully fit when he joined Roar tbh

      • April 18th 2017 @ 2:53pm
        Realfootball said | April 18th 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

        Wellington gave him an extraordinary amount of latitude. In my view, far too much is being made of his performance.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 8:37am
          TK said | April 19th 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

          I agree the first goal came from being unchallenged but still a good finish. The second a good goal. It was more his attitude. He seemed to be actually fired up and interested rather than his usual going through the motions routine.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 9:48am
      Cool and Cold said | April 18th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      Holman showed his ability on Sunday night, not once but twice. If he has consistence, he deserves to be the marquee player next season. Apart from striking ability, he showed experience and defending instinct.

      Has yet Oar done so.

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