Premiership hiccup behind resolute Roar

Brisbane Roar players are already putting the disappointment of missing out on the premiership behind them, according to captain Matt McKay.

Speaking on the Daily Football Show, The Socceroos midfielder said the team has now turned its attention to the upcoming finals series.

“We were pretty disappointed initially but we trained this morning and it was a good session and everyone’s spirits are still high,” McKay said.

“We’ve had a tough year up here, especially early on in pre-season and everyone adapted really well and I don’t see why we can’t adapt for finals.”

Brisbane has the chance to redeem itself with a cut-throat rematch against Melbourne Victory, this time at Suncorp Stadium. The match will prove a strong opportunity to bounce back from missing out on the Premier’s Plate, as well as build upon its impressive home record – which currently sits at 11 wins, two draws and a loss.

“All the records from the season don’t really matter now but we are confident, we enjoy playing at Suncorp. We know other teams don’t like coming there,” he said.

The last time Roar hosted Victory at Suncorp Stadium, it smashed the visitors 5-0 in an emphatic result. Young striker Jamie Maclaren netted a hat-trick that night and McKay believes his contribution has made the difference in a successful season.

“We’ve had new additions in the off-season and they’ve been exceptional,” he said.

“The confidence in Jamie Maclaren this season has been great. You always need a striker who’s going to bang them in and to score 18 goals is a tremendous feat in this league.”

Tommy Oar is expected to partner Maclaren in the front third after making his first start upon returning to his old club last week.

“His body’s pulled up well so that’s good signs. I’m not sure what the boss’ plans for him are but obviously he’s an exceptional player,” he said.

“We’ve been very fortunate to get a hold of Tommy. Hopefully he can grab us a goal or an assist and be a part of a winning side.”