Fowler wants Roar response against United

Roar coach Robbie Fowler (c) hopes playing in Brisbane will help them overcome Western United.
Roar coach Robbie Fowler (c) hopes playing in Brisbane will help them overcome Western United.

Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler has challenged his team to respond against A-League newcomers Western United on Friday.

The Roar were hammered 5-1 by Sydney FC at Kogarah last weekend, a defeat which Fowler said left him hurting.

It has also left Brisbane ninth on the ladder with two wins from eight matches this season.

United, by contrast, are back in the top four after an impressive 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory last weekend.

"Regardless of what people have said about us and our performances I think we've been a relatively good team," Fowler said.

"Last week was a bit of an eye-opener. We lost against a real quality team with three quality players.

"It's obviously a bad result ... of course I'm massively disappointed and I was probably hurting as much as anyone after the game but you can't be hurting too long because you've got to go out there and you've got to try and rectify what happened."

United will head to Brisbane to face the Roar for the first time in what will be just their third match outside Victoria.

Fowler says that home comfort has played a role in United's solid start to their maiden campaign.

By contrast the Roar have already faced both Sydney teams on the road as well as travelling to Wellington, Perth and Adelaide in their eight games.

A return to Suncorp Stadium, where the Roar defeated Central Coast 2-0 a fortnight ago, couldn't come soon enough for the Liverpool legend.

"They've been relatively looked after in the fixture list," Fowler said.

"They've left Melbourne twice in nine weeks whereas we've had a tough challenge in terms of where we've been and the games we've played.

"They've put in good performances and we know like every game, if you go into the game and you've not got the right attitude, not got the right mentality then you could slip up."

Brisbane have no injury concerns heading into the match while United coach Mark Rudan has revealed Socceroos fullback Josh Risdon is 50/50 due to a bruised foot sustained in the win over Victory.

Rudan said if Risdon is ruled out Aaron Calver or Dylan Pierias would come into his starting XI.

KEY MATCH STATS

* Brisbane Roar are still to score a goal in the first half of a match this season, the only club in the competition yet to do so in 2019-20.

* A win for Brisbane would be the first time since April 2017 the Roar have won more than two home matches in a row.

* Ex-Roar favourite Besart Berisha has scored 34 goals in 46 A-League matches at Suncorp Stadium.

Australian Associated Press