BRISBANE Roar coach Mike Mulvey says his star striker Besart Berisha loves the club too much to jump ship to another A-League outfit after the Albanian proved the difference against Perth Glory on Saturday.
Suncorp Stadium once again proved a fortress for Brisbane as they notched their sixth straight win at home with the 1-0 result.
It took 58 minutes for the Roar to finally pierce a determined Glory defence, and it was Berisha who slotted home after creating space for himself in the box.
"Quality finish," Mulvey said of the goal.
"He's got two great feet, he knows where the space is, he knows how to shift the ball and he knows when to strike.
"And that was one of the problems in the first half, we just didn't get Bes into the game at all."
Despite talk of the prolific marksman moving to another club next season, Mulvey maintained his passion for the Brisbane side would ensure he remained at the club.
"Did you see the way he celebrated that goal tonight?" Mulvey said.
"Do you think that looks like someone who wants to go somewhere else?
"Seriously, he's a Brisbane Roar... he couldn't play for anybody else in the A-League.
"He's got orange blood.
"He's loved by the players, he's loved by the fans, of course we want to keep him. We'll do everything we can."
Brisbane's ever more-impressive home record would stand them in good stead for a title challenge, according to Mulvey.
"We know how difficult is to travel away to play, you've really go to earn your wins," he said.
"We've got quality, and we've got a group of players who are absolutely determined to make this a fortress.
"And we do it for one reason, we do it for our fans, and we get fantastic support here, it's really great to see.
"The last thing I said to the lads before we went out to the game was, 'it's our ground, it's our fans, let's make our fans happy.'
"And that's what we've done tonight."
Alistair Edwards, meanwhile, says his Perth Glory side performed admirably against what he called the best team in the country.
The Roar enjoyed 65 per cent possession in the game but Perth still produced several dangerous attacks, despite being somewhat undermanned.
The Glory coach said the loss of Shane Smeltz to injury in the 34th minute disrupted the team's plans, but maintained that marquee signing William Gallas would be returning to action next week.
Smeltz and Gallas have had to be utilised despite not being 100 per cent, according to Edwards.
"We're trying to get the likes of Shane Smeltz back to match fitness, we're trying to get William Gallas back to match fitness as well," Edwards said.
"So we're having to do it during the games.
"It's unfortunate because Shane was training very well and that's one of the reasons we went with three at the back and played two up front, just to make sure, with Shane Smeltz's experience working along with Jamie McLaren, to put a bit of pressure on the Brisbane team.
"And I think we did that, on the whole, but the midfield movement of the Brisbane Roar is pretty good, it's probably the best in the country, so it was a good challenge for the boys."
On the Frenchman, Edwards said reports of his injury had been exaggerated.
"He's rolled his ankle, we'll find out what's happening when it all settles down, it's got a bit of swelling in there now so he's probably doubtful for the weekend," the Glory boss said.
"He's only got a light twinge. I think it's been reported that he's out for three games, I don't know where that came from.
"But he's just got a little bit of a sore calf, so there's a very good chance he'll be involved in the game on the weekend."