Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has promised fans he will “fix it” after the league-leaders’ 1-0 loss to Newcastle Jets on Sunday was their third home defeat in five matches.
Adam Taggart’s 59th minute penalty completed an incredible three-peat for the Jets over Brisbane this season and meant the hosts’ lead in first remained at seven points.
“I’m the person that puts the team on the park, chooses the tactics, makes the substitutions, so I take full responsibility,” Mulvey said.
“But what I promise to Brisbane Roar fans is that I’ll fix it. We didn’t give the fans today what they deserved.”
Despite Roar having over 70 per cent of possession, the visitors often threatened as they regularly found space behind the hosts’ high line – culminating in the contentious spot kick won by Josh Brillante.
Mulvey was unhappy with both talk of the Jets having a hold over his side and the match-winning penalty.
“It was never a penalty. It was outside the box for a start and to say the boy fell would probably be fair,” he said.
“There’s no hold they’ve got over us. They’re not a bogey team, we’re our own bogey team.
“The players tried their hearts out. They needed some help from the sideline and I didn’t give it to them today.”
The surprise 1-0 result was Clayton Zane’s first win as Jets boss and the Newcastle local also spoke of needing to satisfy his club’s fans.
“For me it was one just to win the fans back over because we rely on them and we let them down a little bit last week, staff included,” Zane said.
“[It was] was an important one because I know most of them would have watched the match on TV against the top team in the competition.”
Though Zane admitted a measured game plan was required to combat Brisbane, the former Anderlecht player explained his side had prepared with intent to score.
“It was always going to be a bit of a counter-attacking performance and I think you will find the other teams that come up here probably have a similar approach,” he said.
“The big thing we chatted about before the game [was] the moments with the ball. We needed to make good use of the ball, we needed to have people who made forward runs.
“If we turned up to Suncorp and thought we would just sit and soak pressure up and run away with a 0-0 it probably wasn’t going to pan out that way.”
While his opposite number celebrated a first A-League victory, Mike Mulvey was left to ponder the work still ahead of his Brisbane side.
“It’s about performance. We’ve got to play at home and we want to play a home semi-final and grand final and on that performance today we’ve got a long way to go,” the Roar coach said.