Roar’s character on show in huge W-League bounce-back

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You had to feel a 5-1 loss in their last W-League fixture against arch-rivals Sydney FC would leave the Brisbane Roar with a chip on their shoulder.

I don’t think anyone realised just how large a chip.

Putting four goals past league-leaders Melbourne Victory in a stunning 4-3 home win, it was clear the Roar had something to prove.

Battling tough wet weather conditions and a formidable opposition at Lions Stadium, the Roar’s attacking strategy – after weeks of misfires – finally came to fruition.

Roar head coach Mel Andreatta, perhaps the most fired-up person in the whole stadium throughout the 90 minutes, heaped praise on her squad for coming back from last week’s disappointing result.

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“No-one likes losing, but to lose to your arch-rival – Sydney FC – in that way, of course you want to prove that you’re better than what you were that day, and we did that,” she said.

“I thought we got off to a really good start – positive, aggressive – it’s the way we prepared all week.”

“We said we weren’t going to take a backwards step and when you’re up against the team that’s performing best in the league at the moment, I think that’s the mentality you have to bring to the game and the girls did that.”

Andreatta singled out forward Allira Toby for praise following her cracking long-range strike which got the Roar out in front so early-on.

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“Everyone relies on a good number nine and she needed to put in a performance like that.”

“I’m really pleased that on the back of hard work – committed in defence and attack breaking the line – she delivered. Good on her. I’m proud of her.”

Melbourne were able to catch the Roar’s defence napping on multiple occasions, wrestling back control of the match. But for only brief instances.

They quite simply didn’t look as sharp as they had in previous rounds.

Perhaps suffering at the hands of their extended break with last round’s bye, head coach Jeff Hopkins admitted his squad’s performance wasn’t up to scratch.

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“We’re obviously very disappointed with the result and more-so with the performance. It was pretty lacklustre from us,” he said.

“We never really got going, we chased the game and I’m proud of the girls – the way they came back and never gave up.”

“But I think speaking to the players already, they’re really disappointed in the way that we went about things today.”

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