Brisbane Roar midfielder Matt McKay says he’s happy to put trips to Wellington behind him for the rest of the season, jokingly describing the A-League’s only overseas fixture as “horrible”.
Roar escaped from the New Zealand capital with a 2-1 win for the second time this season, with goals courtesy of captain Matt Smith and Socceroo Ivan Franjic.
It was Roar’s second straight win on the road following a 2-1 win over Adelaide United in the previous round, and McKay said he was happy his team claimed all six points from the pair of fixtures.
“We’ve probably done two of the harder trips now in Adelaide and Wellington, and Wellington is a horrible place to go and we really struggled,” McKay said.
Asked what was so unappealing about the Phoenix fixture, McKay replied seemingly tongue-in-cheek, “Everything.”
“It’s the flight, the wind, the time difference, just little things (like that),” he added.
Despite the good-natured banter, McKay suggested nobody in the squad was yet brave enough to indulge star striker Besart Berisha after his penalty was saved by Glen Moss on Saturday.
“No one will ever rip Bes, because they don’t want to get on his bad side,” McKay admitted with a sheepish smirk.
Roar sit top of the A-League ladder with a five point buffer and remain unbeaten in their last four outings.
Despite the run of results, McKay emphasised that Roar were looking to find greater consistency in terms of performance against Newcastle Jets this Friday night.
“We need to start putting together some good performances now,” McKay said seriously.
“We struggled with our performances in the last few weeks and we want to make it right at home.”
McKay said Roar wanted to turn the tables on the Jets, who currently sit in fifth position on the table, after losing to the Novocastrians at Hunter Stadium in Round 6.
“We identified (last meeting with Newcastle) as a game we should have got points out of,” McKay explained.
“A couple of mistakes cost us, so it’ll be good to come back to Suncorp (Stadium) and give them a good, red-hot game.”
A win against Jets would see Roar set an A-League milestone as the first club to record one hundred competitive wins.
“It’s pretty incredible, isn’t it?” McKay asked rhetorically.
“Just to see our consistency over nine seasons, to get to 100 wins first is an achievement in itself but we want to win the most titles.
“That’s obviously, come April/May, where we want to be and our goal is to get as many wins as we can before that.”