Holman primed for his first taste of finals footy
FOOTBALL: For Brett Holman this Friday's finals clash with Western Sydney Wanderers is a step into the unknown, but after finding some goalscoring form at the right time the veteran is looking forward to it.
Unusual for an Australian, Holman, 33, has never played finals football.
Having played most of his career club career in Europe, Holman said he did not know what to expect when Brisbane Roar takes on the Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium.
"I am not sure. I have never played finals football before,” he said when asked what how he thought taking part in the playoffs would turn out.
"It's a little bit different for me definitely.
"It's an Australian tradition. Everbody knows that I will be just happy to be out on the pitch.
"I followed the A-League when I was overseas and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Holman scored two tremendous goals as the Roar came from 3-1 down to defeat Wellington Phoenix 4-3 in the final game of the home-and-away season.
While there was little riding on that game, the former Socceroo said it was important for both the team and himself to be in good form going into the playoffs.
"It's going to be a different game (against Wanderers),” Holman said.
"It's a finals game. It's a one-off and there's a lot more pressure.
"The temperature in terms of the heat of the game is going to be a lot hotter.”
Jamie Maclaren has been in good scoring form for the Roar but Holman said it was important that the likes of himself and the attacking players in the team took the pressure off his teammate.
"I am in that sort of role where you have to provide goals,” he said.
"Obviously the last game worked well for me but if you are in that attacking third you have to score goals and create them.
"That's my job and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Holman said there was plenty of team spirit in the Roar camp and that should carry the team through against the Wanderers in a repeat of last season's major semi-final which the Roar lost 5-4.
"I am young in the team as I have only been here eight months,” he said.
"But there is some sort of chemistry in the dressing room that you can't really describe,” he said.
"I think you saw that against the Phoenix. We were 3-1 down at half-time and no one needed to say much. They knew what was wrong and were able to fix it.
"Hopefully that can carry us through on Friday.”