Mulvey hurt by lack of desire

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Mike Mulvey believes his Brisbane Roar side were out-enthused in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Melbourne Heart but remain confident ahead of Friday night’s visit of Perth.

Defeat to the last-placed Heart was Brisbane’s second in two matches after going down to Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium, where Roar will host the second-bottom Glory.

“Confidence and self-belief are instilled within the group,” Mulvey said.

“Last week we didn’t perform to our best. Melbourne Heart appeared to have more desire than us which hurt.

“We didn’t match that last week, we didn’t match their enthusiasm and that’s the thing that disappointed me more than anything else.

Despite the concern of a three-match winless run, Mulvey pointed to the willingness of his ‘second eleven’ at Thursday’s training session as a sign the slump would not grow.

“If I put the team out that’s not playing tomorrow in the A-League tomorrow night they would win a game,” he said.

“They were that competitive and that’s the perfect message I want to send everyone in the team. There’s competition for places.

“That orange shirt you wear [it] with pride and I’ve got every expectation tomorrow night you will see that.”

Aiding the league-leaders’ bid to return to winning ways will be memories of outplaying Perth away from home in January despite Besart Berisha’s dismissal in the 30th minute.

“We were disappointed we didn’t win because we played very, very well and we should have won,” Mulvey said.

“We outplayed them with 10 players, dominated the game with 10 players and we just didn’t get the goal.

“We were very good that night without luck. Hopefully tomorrow night we will get that extra bit of luck.”

Mulvey has resisted any calls for wholesale changes against their 2011/12 Grand Final opponents, confirming just alteration to the starting eleven.

“There is one change, Dimitri [Petratos] will come in for [Henrique]. ‘Ricky’ will go back to the bench and Steve Lustica will come on to the bench in place of Diogo Ferreira,” the Brisbane boss said.

“I have great trust and I have great faith in this group of players

“To prove to you the respect and commitment that runs through the club, the team that’s not playing tomorrow, and knew they weren’t playing, has just given the performance of the week.”

Matt Dorman

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