Strikers Ready For Toowoomba Test

Jun 15, 2018 by

Brisbane Strikers return to competitive football on Saturday night when they travel to Toowoomba to face SWQ Thunder.

A week-off from league duties couldn’t have come at a better time for Strikers as the team look to bounce back from a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.

The match at Clive Berghofer Stadium is the first for the team since the appointment of Owen Baker as head coach last week.

Baker said the team has made the most of the break in the match schedule to prime themselves for a strong push for finals football over the remaining rounds of the season.

“I think the week off has come at the right time for us. It has given us every chance to settle with the change,” Baker explained.

“We’re keen to put things right. It is disappointing where we are at and what’s happened over the past four weeks.”

“So we are keen to play and get three points on board this weekend.”

The recent run of defeats has coincided with an uncharacteristic goal drought that has seen Strikers held scoreless in their last four outings.

Baker said one of his priorities over the past week has been resparking the side’s goal-scoring edge.

“If you look back at the four games, it was disappointing how we attacked in the final third and that is something we have addressed,” he said.

“In two of those games we got red cards in the first half, so they were very difficult, but the boys also showed the qualities to battle.”

“We were very close, but we are talking fine margins here, and for whatever reason on those nights we were unable to score.”

Despite sitting tenth on the NPL Queensland table, Thunder have been in solid form of late – winning their last three league matches.

However, Strikers boast a strong record against the Toowoomba-based club with eight wins from nine prior meetings – including a strong five-goal home win in March when the sides last met.

Baker said the team is determined to add to that record and is taking nothing for granted in their preparation.

“Toowoomba is never an easy place to visit – especially in winter – and they have won a few on the bounce now so they will be confident.”

“We know things won’t be easy but that is part of the experience we have in the group. We have addressed that and will adapt to the conditions and the situation we are in.”

“We respect them, we have done our homework but we are definitely chasing results.”

Strikers could be boosted for the clash by the possible return of influential midfielder Michael Angus following an extended injury lay-off.

“Michael has returned to training this week and he will have a late fitness test,” Baker said.

However, regardless of the final make-up of the match day squad, Baker said under his tutelage the team will retain the ethos of Strikers teams from the past.

“Strikers have always been renowned as being a strong football team and we always try to be tidy on the eye,”

“It’s now about getting back to producing those performances that people expect of a Strikers team – scoring goals and playing at a high energy.”

“That’s who we are as a club and that is what we are proud of,” he concluded.

NPL Queensland
SWQ Thunder v Brisbane Strikers
Saturday, June 16 | 5:00PM
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba

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