The Mariners will be looking to break a number of streaks when they run out against the Roar on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
Currently riding an eight-match losing streak despite some strong performances, Alen Stajcic’s side need to pick up a win here to get back to winning ways and close the gap to Newcastle in 10th spot.
The Mariners have not beaten Brisbane in the league since April 2014, a stretch going back some 17 matches, with 13 losses and four draws in that span.
The two teams have met twice already this season, with the Mariners hitting the bar early before losing 2-0 in round eight, and again striking the woodwork before an unfortunate deflection brought them undone late in the game in Gosford in Round 16.
Stajcic said this week that the short turnaround from Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix could be a blessing in disguise.
“In a lot of respects it’s good to have a short turnaround and get back on the bike quickly and get to work,” he said.
“Obviously we’re in a bit of a rut in terms of results.
“In saying that I don’t think all the performances over the last eight weeks have really matched the results.”
“There have been two or three that have been disappointing for me, but there’s been plenty of performances that I thought were of decent quality and looking back to the Sydney game I thought we were quite good, even Brisbane the last game at home I thought we were extremely unlucky to cop that late deflection and lose the game when we probably should’ve won it a little earlier.”
The boss paid little mind to Brisbane’s recent record over the Mariners, taking positives from the FFA Cup win and the two performances in the league so far.
“We beat them in the FFA Cup, in the shootout, and although that was a long time ago it was an important win for us as Brisbane had a lot of confidence at that time and we showed we can do it.
“Even going back to the game at Suncorp, it was goalless at half time and we were well in the match despite not playing well, so I know we can compete with them.”
“And to the game here on the Coast, it was unlucky but we certainly had chances to win it and if we can play at that level or even better then we’ll certainly be a good match for them.”
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 7.Jai INGHAM, 10.Bradden INMAN, 12.Aiden O’NEILL, 14.George MELLS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN, 28.Izaack POWELL, 30.Mirza MURATOVIC, 77.Scott MCDONALD **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY (returns from injury), 28.Izaack POWELL (promoted)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Eunsun KIM, 7.Milan ÐURIĆ, 8.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9.Jordan MURRAY, 10.Tommy OAR, 11.Daniel DESILVA, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 17.Sam SILVERA, 18.Gianni STENSNESS, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22. Jacob MELLING, 24.Chris HAROLD, 26.Joshua NISBET, 27.Lewis MILLER, 29.Jair BRITTO, 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ **0-2 to be omitted**
In: 21.Ruon TONGYIK (Promoted), 22. Jacob MELLING (Promoted), 30.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ (Promoted)
Out: 15. Kye ROWLES (Injury - Groin)
Match Details |
Friday, 13th March
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetenin
Assistant Referee 2: David Walsh
Fourth Official: Adam Kersey
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Stream: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App
Radio: Coast FM