Richardson Revels In Back Four’s Understanding

Aug 01, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers defender Matt Richardson says his side’s back four is going from strength-to-strength ahead of their return to league action this weekend.

Richardson is set to line-up on Saturday night as Brisbane Strikers face Brisbane Roar Youth at Logan Metro Sports Complex in the National Premier Leagues.

The match comes following last weekend’s bye and is the last for the team before they tackle Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix in the FFA Cup next Wednesday.

Richardson said despite having a big match on the horizon, he and his teammates are fully focused on the immediate task at hand this weekend.

“Of course everyone is looking forward to the FFA Cup game, and we are working towards that, but we won’t get ahead of ourselves either,” he explained.

“Momentum and form and playing good football come from winning games and you only do that by playing the match in front of you.”

“We want three points this weekend as a priority and then we will really focus on the FFA Cup more after that.”

Key to that end for the 21-year-old defender is the understanding between the backline – with all four starting defenders being felled by injury at various times this season.

“It takes time for a back four to gel and perhaps we didn’t get that straight run of games together earlier in the year that we needed,” Richardson explained.

“But I do think we are really in a good place now. We have a good solid back four that really understand each other.”

“Of course, there is always room for improvement – and a few more clean sheets would certainly be welcomed – but we have come a long way together since the start of the season.”

As a new recruit to the club in the summer, Richardson conceded his learning curve has been the steepest of the defenders.

However, he believes the challenges of an up-and-down league campaign and his own injury lay-off have given him valuable experience upon which to build.

“I’ve really enjoyed being at this club this season and it was the right move for me,” he explained.

“I love working with Owen Baker as a coach. He is an intelligent coach that pays attention to the finer details of what I am doing and how I can keep improving.”

“Our team also has a really good vibe. There are no idiots or inflated egos and we are always learning from each other as well.”

Another source of learning for Richardson is his father, David, who was a centre forward in the former National Soccer League and a five hundred match league player in the Irish Leagues.

Richardson explained that despite playing different positions he has taken key learnings from his father – some of which will be rolled out this weekend.

“We’ve talked about what it was that defenders used to do that made it harder for him to score goals.”

“Those little things can really help understand your opponent better and become a better player.”

A win for Brisbane Strikers will mark a league-double of Brisbane Roar Youth this season – a feat achieved twice already this season against Redlands United and Sunshine Coast FC.


National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 26

Brisbane Roar Youth v Brisbane Strikers
Saturday, August 3 @ 6:00PM
Logan Metro Sports Complex, Heritage Park



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