Hills Calls For More Assertive Brisbane Strikers

Jul 19, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Fraser Hills says he expects his side to assert themselves more in their pending clash with Sunshine Coast FC.

Brisbane Strikers return to their Perry Park home ground this Saturday night to tackle their long-standing rivals in the National Premier Leagues.

A win will be highly sought by Brisbane Strikers after a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Brisbane City last weekend at CTM Stadium– forfeiting a two-goal advantage in the process.

Hills said his side allowed Brisbane City to dictate the play in last weekend’s game and has promised there will be no repeat this weekend.

“We had a poor second half last week but this week the training has been good and hard and we are confident we will get a win,” Hills said.

“We will be back on our home pitch and it is a much better surface than last week – we were really forced to adapt as we went last week.”

“So this weekend we will play the way we want to play and that should see a much better performance overall.”

While playing at home will prove a distinct advantage for Brisbane Strikers, Hills said the team will guard against complacency against a relegation-threatened Sunshine Coast FC team.

“Sunshine Coast have improved throughout the season and I think they are still putting in some performances that means it will be a tough game.”

By contrast, a win for Brisbane Strikers could see them reclaim fifth position on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table.

However, Hills said he and his teammates are also aware of the importance of recapturing their winning momentum ahead of their FFA Cup tie with Wellington Phoenix early next month.

“We know we have to win to because we want to get back on a roll with the FFA Cup coming up in a few weeks,” he explained.

“We’ve lost a few games that we should’ve won recently and every player knows they need to perform to keep their spot for the FFA Cup game.”

“I think everyone will now be stepping up because nobody wants to miss out on the big games.”

In season’s past clashes with Sunshine Coast FC were considered big matches in their own right – with the two sides regularly contesting Grand Finals in the former Queensland State League.

However, Hills acknowledged with generational change the rivalry has come off the boil since both sides moved into the National Premier Leagues in 2013.

“The rivalry is perhaps not what it used to be and that is a shame because those kind of games are always ones you want to play in,” he explained.

“But it’s hard for those kind of things to continue when teams are having a bit of a hard run.”

Brisbane Strikers have won their last eleven clashes with Sunshine Coast FC dating back to 2014 – including a 4-0 win when the sides met earlier this season on the Sunshine Coast.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 18 (rescheduled)

Brisbane Strikers v Sunshine Coast FC
Saturday, 20th July @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

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