Brisbane Roar manager Mike Mulvey claims his side have only exhibited two complete performances this season and is demanding more from his charges against Adelaide United this Friday night at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Roar currently sit top of the A-League table and have won six of their opening eight fixtures, however Mulvey reiterated the club’s high standards and stated there was “room for improvement”.
“That’s what we strive for, we’re looking for chinks in the opposition’s armour, we’re looking for games that we can really dictate the tempo for 90 minutes,” Mulvey explained.
“I think we’ve only played two complete games and one of them was actually a loss,” he added referring to the 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory in Round 3.
Despite admitting Hindmarsh is another “tricky” away fixture, Mulvey reiterated the oft-repeated line that Roar will concentrate on their own game.
“I don’t know whether it will be an open game but I know what our approach will be,” Mulvey said.
“If they’re playing out from the back we’ll be going to press very high, we’ll try and win the ball back in our final third and look to take advantage of that.”
He added that he wasn’t particularly concerned by the Reds new-found penchant for attacking football under Josep Gombau, and again turned the focus back on his own charges.
“The ‘X factor’ is do we turn up ready to play or do we turn up half-hearted?” Mulvey asked rhetorically.
“One thing we promised our fans at beginning of this season was that we would be super committed from the first minute to the last minute of every game.
“I’ll be demanding that of the players, I’ll be demanding that we get out of the blocks very, very quickly, we roll our sleeves up, work hard and, if we do that, we’ll get our just rewards.”
“We’re going to their ground, we’re hunting them,” Mulvey asserted confidently.
Asked about the progress of a raft of players returning from injury, Mulvey confirmed Liam Miller would replace Brandon Borello on the bench, but that the starting eleven would remain unchanged from last week.
Mulvey said he was taking the long view in relation to first team regulars Michael Theo and Jade North who missed last week’s match against Perth Glory.
“We probably could’ve put Jade in this week but they need to train and if they haven’t done a week’s training I’m reticent to put them in,” Mulvey explained.
“The players who came in last week did the job and I expect they’ll do the job tomorrow night.”