Brisbane Confidence Back Ahead Of Reds Visit

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Livewire attacker Dimitri Petratos believes confidence has been restored amongst his Brisbane Roar teammates as they prepare to host a red-hot Adelaide United on Sunday.

The league-leading Roar recovered from two straight losses to overcome Perth Glory 3-1 last weekend but will face a sterner test at Suncorp Stadium as Josep Gombau’s side have risen to third following their 5-1 thumping of Wellington Phoenix.

“We got the win which was great and a lot of boys got their confidence back,” Petratos said of Brisbane’s return to form.

“Everything’s just going really well. I think we just played our football and that’s what we focussed on.”

Unlike the now-bottom Glory, Adelaide can claim form having won three of their past four and Petratos stressed work rate would be key to beating the often free-flowing Reds.

“It will be a tough game,” he said.

“It’s going to be backward and forward [so] we’ve just got to stay strong in defence and make sure when we go up we combine with the front third and try to put one away.

“If we don’t get a goal in the first [half], we’ll just work on the second half, work on the defence and try to get one. I think we’re going to go out and play attacking football, stay focussed and just work hard.”

Despite the absence of key duo Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic from training this week to national team duty, the lively attacker is pleased with his club-level combination with the incumbent Socceroos right-back.

“The more games we play together we build better communication. He talks to me a lot throughout the game,” Petratos said.

“They [Franjic and McKay] have obviously got a big game ahead of them. Hopefully they come back and are still fit enough to be part of the team and help the team out.

“The conditioning coach and coaching staff will see what they’re like and go from there.”

Petratos, a NAB Young Footballer of the Year nominee, believes he can still add to his performances to date this season, which include four goals.

“I’m happy but I can always improve,” he said.

“I’m here for another two years. I’m very happy about that and looking forward to it.”

Matt Dorman

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