The Reds kick off the final round of the A-League season proper with an Anzac Day clash against Brisbane Roar this Thursday. 

The game is set to kick off at 2 pm local time.

It'll be an emotional day for the hosts who will farewell two club greats after a disastrous season at Suncorp. 

So with the Brisbane heat, emotions high, unusual kick-off time plsu with new Roar coach Robbie Fowler in attendance in the stands, it all points to a hugely tricky clash for Blackwood’s boys.

And the Reds desperately need a win to seal that all-important home final.

“It’s very important to secure that home final, it’s big,” the striker said on Tuesday.

“Especially as it looks like we’ll be playing Wellington. So this game on Thursday is a must-win in Brisbane.

“The difference between going to Wellington and playing in front of our own fans is massive, because of the travel.

“The [home] fans give us that extra boost and we need that. A home final is massive.”


Kurz's Reds are desperate for a home final in front of their fanatical fans

Blackwood scored the all-important winner last weekend for the Reds against Victory in Round 26. 

It's may well prove a pivotal result for United who would be favourites in any home elimination final. 

Meanwhile, Thursday marks the swan song for Roar greats Matt McKay and Henrique, adding to the emotionally charged day for Roar.

And with the unusual kick-off time, this is one of the trickiest games you could ask for. 

“It is strange, actually,’” Blackwood admitted when asked about a 2 pm local kick-off time.

“It’ll be hot and it’ll be tough. But we just have to deal with it.

"There are no excuses," he declared.