Fowler: Roar finally catching up to rivals

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Brisbane Roar’s Robbie Fowler says his side has been playing catch up but are starting to reach the level of their A-League rivals following an unbeaten start to 2020.

Substitute Dylan Wenzel-Halls scored the match winner as the Roar ended Wellington Phoenix’s nine game unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

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The Roar have moved up to seventh on the ladder after a four match unbeaten run and now sit just one point outside the top six.

Following the win over Wellington, Fowler said his side is starting to come together after a slow start.

“We’ve had plenty of away games and it was tough, we were always playing catch up because we’ve had two byes,” Fowler said.

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“We’re in a good place right now.

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“We’ve had a couple of wins, a couple of draws and [in terms of] performances we haven’t been as much in possession as what we would have liked but the results have been better.

“We are a new team with all the players that we’ve got in and we’re sensible enough to know that it’s not going to happen overnight.”

Fowler also said the Roar’s schedule at the beginning of the season had had an impact on the team’s performance.

“We wanted the fixture list to be a little bit kinder,” Fowler said.

“I think it was January 11th before we had our fifth home game, it shouldn’t be the case.

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“We’re a club who is trying to build the fanbase and when you’re playing one [home] game a month, it’s hard to do it.”

The Roar fielded new signings Corey Brown and former Socceroo Scott McDonald against Wellington, and Fowler praised their contributions to the squad.

“When new players come into the club it gives everyone a little bit of a lift and we’re happy,” Fowler said.

“We’re better than what the table suggests and that’s what we want. It’s a good happy camp at the minute.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar FC

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