Young talent time: Roar keeper defies critics ahead of finals

Goalkeeper Jamie Young says the mood at Brisbane Roar hasn’t changed despite the fall-out from the Perth Glory salary cap scandal.

The Roar have posted some decent results of late, beating Adelaide United 3-2 away from home and pummeling the Central Coast Mariners 6-1.

The Queensland outfit is in the box seat to contest the A-League finals pending an appeal by Glory who were disqualified from taking part in the play-offs.

Despite the headlines surrounding Glory’s finals future, Young told FourFourTwo it is business as usual at Suncorp Stadium.

“Our mood regarding this hasn't changed,” he said.

“We always go out to win every game that we play in. This is the Brisbane Roar way so really it's a matter of taking every game as it comes regardless of outside news.

“However, the last few A-League results are encouraging and with players coming back from injury, I hope this only adds momentum to our season.

“I don't really have anything to add on Perth Glory. The people at the FFA have a better idea on the issue then I do. I'm only focused on all things Brisbane Roar.”

The turnaround in Young’s stocks has certainly caught the eye.

The 29-year-old has made 19 appearances in the A-League this season after coming in for the injured Michael Theo.

After struggling in his first few matches, Young has bounced back and carried out some impressive performances.

His record for goals conceded in the current campaign is comparable with Perth’s Danny Vukovic and Wellington’s Glen Moss.

The former Reading and Aldershot Town keeper was criticised heavily earlier in the season but said he tries not to take any noticed of outside opinions.

“As a goalkeeper, it's crucial to remain focused and that comes from turning up every day at training and looking to improve facets of my game,” Young said.

“I have a close relationship with Jason Kearton, our goalkeeping coach, in the sense that we review every game and we target areas to consider. He challenges me on a day-to-day basis and it's up to me whether I can take on what is being said and to adapt and improve.

“This is the crux of how we approach things from a goalkeeping perspective. Really it's all about being single-minded and willing to turn up every day and work hard, good and bad. It's important.”

Brisbane raced out to a 3-0 lead against the Reds on Saturday, before a Pablo Sanchez penalty took the score to 3-2 in the final minute.

“It's always a tough game versus Adelaide,” Young said.

“They are top of the table for a reason and they certainly put significant amounts of pressure at times during the game, particularly late in the second half.

“We knew this would happen and it was just a matter of rolling the sleeves up and digging in. Sometimes you have to do that in football and we were able to execute this.”

The recent 6-1 win over the Mariners was a highpoint for the Roar. Steve Lustica bagged a hat-trick and youngster Devante Club continued his good run of form with another goal.

“Devante has had a fantastic few weeks since coming in for Thomas,” Young said.

“I think it's a great sign when young players step up and he's a very down to earth hard working individual, so that's brilliant for him.

“With his kind of attitude, it's really a case of he can decide how far he can go… hopefully a long way. He's similar to Brandon Borello in that respect and that's the type of players you want in your team. 

“Stevie is a guy who has been in and out but I've always noticed the little extra one per cent’s he does off the pitch whether it be extra physical sprinting or technical improvement.

“Actually him and I have done a lot of shooting practice together so when he got his goals I had a smile on my face for him… he deserved it. I hope he builds on this and hopefully this is part of that positive curve of success he will have.”

On Wednesday night the Roar host Melbourne Victory at Suncorp and Young is expecting the Victorian club to be raring to go after being upset by Newcastle.

“At this time of the season everyone is scraping to get the highest position in the ladder and this game against Melbourne will be no different,” he said.

“We know they have expansive attacking threats and after last week versus Newcastle, they will be looking to get back on track. So it's up to us to be resilient at home and play our style of football to counteract theirs.

“There is no reason why we can't give a good account of ourselves, especially at this crucial time of the season.”