Mulvey’s Shape Of Things To Come

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Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey says he won’t seek a change of shape to accommodate both Besart Berisha and Kwame Keboah following the pair’s spectacular strikes against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

Both Berisha and Yeboah scored sublime individual goals in the 3-1 win at Suncorp Stadium, adding to an equally stunning Ivan Franjic goal on 20 minutes, to book-end an otherwise hard-fought contest that saw Brendon Santalab score for the visitors midway through the first half.

In his return from a hamstring injury, Berisha netted the opener only four minutes into the contest with a tenacious run through the Wanderers defenders followed by a persistent finish on the second attempt.

The Albanian was substituted just after the hour for Yeboah, who guaranteed the three points with a classy run down the left in injury time, cutting inside before rifling a right-footed finish past Ante Covic in goal.

Despite the pair grabbing the headlines this season, Mulvey said he had no intentions of tinkering with his table topping side’s shape to further exploit his two precocious striking talents.

“I don’t think we’ll be changing the way we play,” Mulvey said, “I think it’s really important that we got a DNA, we play with one striker.”

“We did change it a tad tonight where we had (Henrique) a little bit closer to Bes, but certainly not playing alongside him.”

“It’s well-documented the way that we play and I think it’s very fruitful for us.”

Mulvey was however full of praise for both players following the win, which lifts Roar to the top of the A-League table, one point ahead of Wanderers.

He described Berisha as “the best striker in the league” and said he was pleased with the former Golden Boot winner’s first stint back since limping off against Sydney FC in Round Two.

“We knew we couldn’t get ninety minutes out of him, but I think you’ll agree it wasn’t a bad sixty (minutes),” Mulvey said.

“In the first minute he’s hit one that I thought was in from my angle – it just went past the post – and then he’s scored one.”

“That got the crowd going and the pressure was great, relentless, and then we got a fantastic second from Ivan.”

However, Mulvey sought to temper the growing hype surrounding the 19 year old Yeboah, who unleashed a similarly spectacular finish against Central Coast Mariners a fortnight ago.

“Kwame is a young man on a journey. He’s with a fantastic group of players who are able to guide him and show him the way, but he needs to step up and do it himself.”

“He did that at Central Coast for us, which we are very grateful for, and he’s done it again tonight.”

“As Bes will tell you, when you’re starting off on your journey as a young man you need these things to help you kick along.”

“But one thing he’ll do, he’s got a very good level head, he’ll stay focused and he’ll keep doing his bit for the team.”

Michael Flynn

Michael is of the rather unorthodox belief that nothing ruins a good game of football like a goal. While glass ankles ? and a lack of genuine talent ? ruined his playing career, Michael found his place in the football world behind a laptop and, more recently, in front of the camera. He favours a 5-4-1 formation and supports Colorado Rapids and Liverpool FC.

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