Brisbane’s Dimi Petratos says the Roar can take advantage of Wellington Phoenix’s heavy schedule at 'The Cake Tin' on Saturday night.
Wellington meet Brisbane for the first time this season, and with Phoenix having to play their third game in eight days, the Roar attacking midfielder believes the Kiwi's are there for the taking.
After three consecutive losses, Brisbane sit only three points above Wellington after the Nix thrashed Victory 3-0 earlier in the week, meaning the Phoenix could take Roar's spot in the top four.
But with Wellington having to back up only four days after Tuesday's win, Petratos believes the heavy schedule will be in Roar’s favour.
“The two games are pretty close for them,” he said speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo. “So, they might be a little bit tired. Sometimes you think mentally you won’t be tired but physically you might be.
“We know the game is going to be physical over there. We just got to stick the structures that the coach wants us to play and go out there and try and get a win.”
Brisbane’s three losses on the trot have included two consecutive 3-2 defeats.
The close nature of those games has Petratos believing that the Roar can find their winning form again.
“I definitely think we can turn it around,” he said. “We are in fourth place and we have only reached halfway into the season. Even though the results haven’t gone our way in the last few weeks I still think we’ve been pretty close. We are still confident in the way we want to play.
“We just have to stick together and play positive and stick away our chances in the next few games.”
Meanwhile, Brisbane coach John Aloisi is refusing to put pressure on his players, preferring to focus on the character Roar showed in the fightback against Victory last weekend.
“I’ll read the riot act if the boys weren’t playing the way I wanted them to play or I could see the effort wasn’t there or I saw they gave up,” he said.
“We were three nil down in the blink of an eye against Melbourne Victory. The reaction from the players was amazing. We started the game really well and there was a ten-minute period that they scored three goals out of nothing and after that we could have gone 4-3 in at half time up.
“So, that is a positive. That is saying the boys believe in what they are doing and we believe in the group and if we play like that we will get results.”