Brisbane break Melbourne hoodoo in style

Melbourne Victory (0)
Brisbane Roar (3) Miller 28, McKay 56’, Petratos 68’
@ Melbourne Rectangle Stadium

(Graham Denholm/Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Graham Denholm/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane: Theo, Franjic, North, Smith, Ferreira, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Henrique, Broich.
Substitutions: Borrello for Henrique (77’), Brown for Ferreira (84’), Hingert for North (84’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Clut.
Yellow Cards: Smith, Brattan, Broich.
Red Cards: Nil.

Melbourne: Coe, Geria, Leijer, Ansell, Traore, Broxham, Milligan, Nichols, Finkler, Troisi, Barbarouses.
Substitutions: Jeggo for Nichols (46’), Cristaldo for Finkler (64’), Galloway for Geria (82’).
Yellow Cards: Leijer x2.
Red Cards: Leijer.

Brisbane Roar have emphatically ended their poor run of for form in the Victorian capital, with a 3-0 win over the Victory. Previously their last win against the Victory away from home was back in 2008, while their last win in Melbourne overall came in 2010 with a 2-1 comeback win over the Heart. Following on from last weeks performance away to Sydney, Brisbane backed up with a truly fantastic performance resulting in three brilliant goals.

Victory however started the game the brighter, controlling possession and territory, leading to a fantastic chance for ex Brisbane man Kosta Barbarouses which was well save from Theo. After that however the Victory seemed overwhelmed by Brisbane and as Mulvey said in his press conference- when the first goal went in, there was only ever going to be one winner. Despite all of the denials throughout the lead-up, Mitch Nichols protracted move to Cerezo Osaka no doubt affected him last night in what was a performance well below his best.

Onto the goals, the Fox team at half time said it was a build up of twenty passes before the goal, however while I haven’t sat down and counted them, I thought it was closer to 30. Starting with playing out down the left hand side, switching over to the right, moving back and around to the left before creating the opening for Miller it was absolutely brilliant. While the first goal was fantastic, I personally enjoyed the second goal even more. The movement from Miller, McKay and Henrique in the build-up was something special and was a perfect example of the game plan without Berisha in the line-up. Petratos’ goal was also very nicely created and taken.

One of the most pleasing elements of the game last night for mine was that we finally began to see exactly what Liam Miller can bring to the side. Scoring his first goal was important for him, however getting a couple of assists was equally important for him and now that he’s got those out of the way, we should see him begin to flourish in the team. Over the first half of the season, one of the few disappointments was the lack of productivity from Miller, so if he can begin to contribute in the second half of the season, it only adds to the weapons at Mulvey’s disposal.

Stats:
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Up Next: Brisbane will be at home for the first time in 2014 next Saturday evening against Adelaide United. Hopefully the pitch will have recovered fully from the recent concerts held at the venue. With 9 of the final 14 games at home, it will obviously be a big factor in the title run in.

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