Hills Not Carried Away By Cup Win

Apr 12, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Fraser Hills says the team cannot get carried away with their midweek FFA Cup win as they return to league competition this weekend against Brisbane Roar Youth.

Hills and his teammates turned heads with their performance in the national knock-out cup competition on Tuesday night – posting a club record 10-1 win over Football Queensland Premier League outfit Souths United.

The result provided a much-needed morale boost for the Brisbane Strikers after a run of six matches in the National Premier Leagues without a win.

Hills explained the players must now take that momentum back into the league format against a Brisbane Roar Youth team also seeking to arrest their own form woes.

“As a team we needed a game like that. We needed to score goals but I don’t think we were that much better than we have played in other games recently,” Hills explained.

“We were more clinical in front of goal and some of the football was good at times, but we are still making mistakes and we know better teams will punish us for them.”

“So we have to keep working hard on these things and make sure that we improve. We need to increase the intensity in the big games and that starts again this Saturday against the Roar.”

Hills acknowledged the friendly rivalry that Brisbane Strikers supporters have with Brisbane Roar, however, he said for the players on the field there are more personal motivations.

“The club and the supporters need to see that players acknowledge the recent performances have not been acceptable and we need to get three points this weekend,” he explained.

“This is a young Roar team – full of players that are 16 and 17 years old – so we need to show our experience as senior players and take advantage of that.”

“For the younger players in our team, they should be driven by showing they are as good or better than the players that are in the Roar youth team currently.”

While the goal scorers grabbed the headlines during the week, Hills performance was crucial to the double-digits return – playing crucial roles in the build-up to the five goals scored before he was substituted.

Hills, who is not a renowned goal scorer, explained that so long as he continues to deliver assists he won’t mind if his name is absent from the score sheet.

“Every player wants to score a goal but in other ways it doesn’t get me going all that much,” he said.

“I prefer to assist someone in a better position and find them. If they have a ten per cent better change of scoring then I owe it to the team to do that.”

“My personal standards are about how I play off the ball and on the ball. Scoring goals is really just a bonus and I am more driven by trying to win football games for the team.”

He added that after returning to the club for this season following stints interstate that he is relishing being part of the Brisbane Strikers again.

“This club has a great environment. The procedures and programs are of a high level and it is great to be part of that.”

“The culture is strong – you really get the feeling that everyone at Strikers wants to be at this club from the top to the bottom,” he concluded.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 11

Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane Roar Youth
Saturday, April 13 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Entry – $5 Adults, Free for Under 16’s

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