Where there is life there is hope with new Brisbane Roar coach adamant the contending A-League club can still make an impact in the final
In just one week, new Brisbane Roar coach Nick Green has led his A-League side to believe that ‘nothing is impossible’ with the final still within reach.
Having taken over from sacked coach Warren Moon, the new mentor has ditched an up-tempo style of play in favor of young players such as exciting winger Jez Lofthouse.
Green was rewarded with a 2-1 A-League Men victory over Perth Glory, breaking a seven-match winless streak last weekend.
The Roar play a dangerous game against Macarthur FC on Sunday, which has slipped in form since it acrimoniously parted ways with former coach Dwight Yorke.
The Roar are just four points outside the top six and one behind the Bulls.
Brisbane Roar coach Nick Green prior to the round 18 A-League Men’s match between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory at Kayo Stadium
‘Nothing is impossible. Impossible is just an opinion,” said Green when asked about finals.
“People get carried away by rankings, but rankings only matter when the last ball is kicked at the end of the season.”
Green wants wins aside from his style ideals, which include “a little more aggression in the team.”
“Everyone has their ideals and philosophies in the game… but the first thing we have to do is try to put points on the table,” he said.
“It’s week two, so it’s really important that we have clarity on messaging and the guys understand what we’re asking, and then we build from there.”
Jez Lofthouse (pictured, with arms raised) of Brisbane after their victory over Perth
Roarer Jez Lofthouse celebrates with Brisbane supporters during their victory over Perth Glory
Lofthouse was outstanding in the victory over Perth Glory, where his pace, vision and on-ball work were top notch.
The 23-year-old has received a dose of confidence from Green. He said he had not started a game since Melbourne Victory away last year, having been in and out of the team.
“Nick brings a really positive attitude,” said Lofthouse.
“I’m thankful he showed some faith in me.”
Lofthouse plays in the same position as former Socceroo Robbie Kruse and has embraced his tutelage. He has also shown Kruse’s enthusiasm.
“I like getting the ball and dribbling players, running behind and just being positive,” said Lofthouse.
“That’s the main message we’re getting from Nick right now. It’s all about bringing a positive attitude. It suits my playing style.’