Brisbane's Tommy Oar contests the ball with Nick Fitzgerald of the Mariners.
Brisbane's Tommy Oar contests the ball with Nick Fitzgerald of the Mariners. Ashley Feder

Roar won't back down from Glory challenge

FOOTBALL: Brisbane forward Tommy Oar says a small and agile Roar team can get the better of high-fliers Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Perth has the reputation of being a physical side but Oar said the Roar would be ready for a battle.

"They've got a lot of experience, a lot of big boys,” he told reporters.

"For us, the focus will be purely on our style of play.

"Suncorp's quite a big pitch, we've got a lot of agile, nimble players and I think if we play to the way we know we can, we can kind of avoid the physical battles.

"But there's no doubt, at the same time, we'll be up for the fight as well.”

Oar said it would take a little while for new players such as Brett Holman to settle in at the Roar but that he, Holman and Thomas Broich had the versatility to slot into any position in the front third as the season wore on.

"We can all play in different places, so it's good to have that versatility,” he said.

"It means it's difficult for the opposition to predict what we are going to do.”

The Roar and Glory have met twice already this year - once in the FFA Cup, which Perth won 2-0, and the other time in pre-season, when the Roar handed out a 4-0 drubbing.

After being beaten 4-0 by the Newcastle Jets a fortnight ago, Oar said it was good to get a positive reaction in the 1-0 win over Central Coast last week, but there was still room for improvement.

"We have shown in patches in games that we can play really well,” he said.

"Now it's just a matter of improving and trying to maintain that for the whole 90 minutes.”

Meanwhile, Perth coach Kenny Lowe will have to watch this week's game from the stands after accepting a two-match ban following his tangle with officials at half-time in the Glory's 3-2 win over Melbourne City.

"I admit my actions at half-time last Friday night were unacceptable and I apologise for the way I behaved,” Lowe said.

"I know that I should be better. I feel like I have let everyone down at the club, especially my players, staff and our supporters.”


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