Brisbane Roar boss Robbie Fowler says his team is in “a good place” and has defended their performances at the start of the year.
The Roar sit in seventh spot on the ladder with two wins, two draws and three losses from seven games.
Their first win of the season came three weeks ago in round six against Melbourne City.
Ahead of Brisbane’s Saturday clash with Sydney FC, Fowler insists his side is “playing OK”.
"Regardless of what people think, the performances were good at the start of the year,” the Englishman said.
"We’ve had a few good results, a few bad results that could have went either way. So in terms of football, we’re playing OK. We’re in a good place I think. We go into the game quietly confident.
"We always go into games quietly confident. But we know we’re playing a really good team in Sydney. We go there as massive underdogs, of course, but we’ll go there and play the way we can and try and make it as uncomfortable for them as possible.
"It’s a tough game. We’re playing a top team with top players. We know how difficult a task it is.”
Roar’s clash with the Sky Blues could possibly be called off because of the smoky haze in Sydney, but Fowler says the uncertainy hasn’t affected his squad.
"We haven’t even talked about it,” he said.
"We go down there and prepare as if the game is on. I know the decision will be probably made on the day of the game. As far as we’re concerned, it’s on.”