Brisbane Roar head coach Mel Andreatta has claimed her side is the fittest in the league following Friday’s come-from-behind win over Melbourne Victory.

Second half goals from Clare Polkinghorne and Celeste Boureille saw the Roar extend their lead at the top of the Westfield W-League ladder in a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.

The Roar went into the break a goal down following Melina Ayres long range effort midway through the first half but came out the stronger of the two sides in the second stanza with Boureille’s 82nd minute header proving to be the winner.

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Speaking post-match, Andreatta said despite her side not starting the match as quickly as she would’ve liked their increased intensity and efficiency made the difference in the second half.

“Our first half wasn’t as good as other parts of the game but we still were creating lots of chances, they had one early on and converted that, there wasn’t too much more after that.

“At the end of the first half we still felt good and confident in what we were doing and knew it would pay off but we had to be a bit quicker with the ball and execute things a little bit better.

“Once we came in at half time the real message was to regroup and trust in what we’re doing, improve what we’re doing and get the goals. To the girls credit and especially the leaders, they drew on that and they achieved it.”

Andreatta said she believes her side is the fittest in the league placing praise on the teams strength and conditioning staff for achieving that.

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“I feel we can come over the top of teams because of the work Jesse Griffin and Tom Fisher our strength and conditioning coaches do with the girls, its more about that then the climate, the other teams are fit as well but it think we’re just a bit fitter.”

Roar sit atop the W-League standings and now enjoy a short break with a bye next weekend before travelling to play defending champions Melbourne City away on January 21.

However Andreatta said nothing would change for her side as they pushed for the Premiers plate.

“It won’t be much of a difference, they’ll be working hard, they’ll be training, they’ll be involved in a training game as well.

“It will allow us to modify a few players sessions who might need it allow them to freshen up but they know that it’s one game at a time and City will be coming out for revenge, we’re expecting a tough battle there.”

 

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.