Young keeping the faith at Brisbane Roar

Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young insists the Roar are not panicking and are staying positive despite a winless start to the A-League season.

Brisbane was beaten 2-1 by Adelaide United in round one and then suffered a last-minute 3-2 loss away at the hands of Perth.

It has been a difficult start for the defending champions, who host Sydney FC at home on Friday.

“The main thing is there are very experienced players in this team who’ve gone and achieved things in this league, and other leagues as well,” Young told FourFourTwo.

“And we’ll keep wanting to put in the right performances, and play the game the right way, because that’s what’s got success for this club in the past.

“I think if you keep knocking on the door and doing the right things eventually the screw will turn for you.

“You can certainly judge a team when things aren’t going well and you’ll see how we react.

“We’re a very determined, resilient team and you don’t get the success we have had without that.

“We’ll be attacking every game, every training session with that same positivity and striving for excellence and that’s all we can do.”

Against the Glory, Brisbane were in front twice before Andy Keogh pulled the home side back into the contest with two goals and then headed in the injury-time winner.

Young, who joined the Roar in the off-season, believes Brisbane deserved at least a point from the match.

“We controlled the possession and the tempo, which is one of our strong points,” he said.

“You look at the goals we conceded. One was a penalty, which obviously was disappointing in that respect, but they didn’t really open us up. And the other one was a deflection so the rub of the green has gone against us.

“The third goal there in the last minute is the one we’ll probably be most disappointed about because you’d like to see the game out and at least get a point from the game.

“We were in the lead twice during the game so you’d like to think you’d at least get a point because of that. But it wasn’t to be on Sunday. It feels like we’re doing all the right things but it’s not quite paying off at the moment.

“You don’t become a bad team in two games. I think if you look at the history of the club, the success it’s had is extremely high.

“So we keep faith with that in mind because there’s some bloody good players in our dressing room.”

In round one Adelaide United defeated the Roar after Matt McKay was sent off and James Donachie scored an own goal. Young agrees there’s a tendency to say Brisbane have been down on their luck this season.

“There’s probably aspects in our game that we need to have a look at and improve on as well,” he said.

“(But) you look at some things and they’ve had a bit more luck than us at the start of the season. It’s only two games but it’s just one of those things that happens in sport.”

Young returned to Australia this year after 13 years in the UK with Reading, Rushden & Diamonds, Wycombe Wanderers, Aldershot Town and Hayes & Yeading United.

The 29-year old, who represented England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, was born and raised in Brisbane.

“I’d spent a long time in England, I’d finished my degree and I thought the time was right,” Young said about his return.

“I could have gone further in football there and I was offered a PHD in research but I thought the time was right to come back to Australia for some decent weather and some attractive football, because the competition here is an up-and-coming league.

“Looking at the crowds this year, and the quality of football played, is a fair indication of that. The time was right, and this was a perfect opportunity to come back.”

Young, who made his A-League debut against Adelaide, has been pleased with his first two performances and is keen to keep his first-team spot when Michael Theo returns from injury.

“You look at what you’ve done well and what you could do better,” he added.

“I think I’ve acquitted myself well playing out from the back and certain saves I’ve made. Playing against quality opposition you’ve got to be able to perform when called upon, so there are many positives to take from that.

“Being from Brisbane and representing your hometown is fantastic. For me it’s brilliant. On a footballing note I’ve joined a team that’s extremely successful and as a player you want to be involved with these organisations. So it’s a like a double bonus for me.

“I want to be playing games and I’m aware Michael’s an extremely credentialed goalkeeper in this league. But I think if I’m going to be pushing myself to be an exceptional footballer then I’m aiming to be play every game and be in that number one spot.

“That’s what it’s about, it’s not about resting on laurels and being happy to coast along - I really want to push myself and improve as a player.  And I think, despite the results we’ve had in the last two games, I can personally take a lot of confidence out of it.”