USING HIS HEAD: Roar skipper Matt Smith.
USING HIS HEAD: Roar skipper Matt Smith.

Roar attack uses head to improve its potency

ROAR captain Matt Smith believes his team is taking its attack to a new level during this A-League season.

Smith headed in a goal from a Thomas Broich free kick against Sydney FC during Saturday night's 4-0 victory at Suncorp Stadium, and fellow defender Jade North also found himself on the score sheet.

More goals are expected to come from the back of the park this summer, with the Roar's high-pressing game in great form over the first two rounds.

The Brisbane outfit is now top of the table, and is the only side with two wins to its name going into this Friday night's blockbuster against the Victory at Etihad Stadium.

"Thomas (Broich) was right - he came up to me during the week and said we need to change our mindset on set pieces because we don't score that many," Smith said.

"And it is a mindset. Thomas plays 80% perfect balls in, and to get on the end of one we have been practising.

"Not so much against people, just Thomas whipping them in, and me getting on the end of them.

"It's been a while since I've been able to get up and head one after having 10 months out (with a hip injury), but for me it's about getting my timing back.

"It's slowly getting there."

Smith added he battled the flu to play against Sydney, before producing another solid performance on a night where the Roar was clinical in keeping the Sky Blues to minimal scoring opportunities.

North was also impressive, pushing up the park to put his side ahead 3-0 following a Matt McKay assist, and effectively ending the game.

"We've got goals all around the team. I heard someone in the crowd yell out to Jade North 'get back you lazy bum'," Roar coach Mike Mulvey said.

"But all joking aside, we need people to pitch in with goals, and we had four different goal scorers. That's very pleasing."

Meanwhile, the Roar has been dealt a blow ahead of Friday's big clash with Melbourne Victory, with star striker Besart Berisha ruled out due to a hamstring tear.

Berisha was injured in the first half of Brisbane's 4-0 thrashing of Sydney FC and the club has confirmed he will not be fit enough to make the game at Etihad Stadium.

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