Queensland Roar taking nothing for granted
Matt McKay says his Queensland Roar side will take nothing for granted heading into Friday’s Hyundai A-League 2009 Minor Semi Final second leg at Suncorp Stadium against the Mariners despite holding a 2-0 advantage over the men from Gosford.
Matt McKay says his Queensland Roar side will take nothing for granted heading into Friday-s Hyundai A-League 2009 Minor Semi Final second leg at Suncorp Stadium against the Mariners despite holding a 2-0 advantage over the men from Gosford.
The Roar are favourites to progress into the penultimate round of finals, but will have to overcome a Central Coast Mariners outfit likely to throw everything into attack.
McKay said despite the lead, the Roar would look to play their usual game and go for a sixth straight win at Suncorp Stadium.
“We like to attack, especially at home,” the midfielder said. “We-ve got a good record the last five games so we-ll out there and try to get a goal that will hopefully kill off the tie.
“But the Central Coast have got big men up front and they-ll probably start with all of them and give it a real shot because they-re a dangerous side, away from home as well.
“They shown that they can score goals quickly so we-ve got to be careful.”
Despite a broken nose earned in the bruising Bluetongue Stadium clash, McKay said there was no chance it would affect his game in the return leg.
“No doubt at all, I-ll play,” he said. “I-ve never done it before so I don-t know what to expect if it gets another hit but I should be fine.
“I-m not scared... I-ve gone through my whole career without getting hit on the nose.”
Not so lucky is McKay-s team mate Josh McCloughan, ruled out of the remaining finals campaign with a potential groin tear.
McKay said he was disappointed for the centre back but said whoever covered his position would do a good job.
“He-s been great for the last 10 weeks,” he said.
“It-s disappointing for his season to end that way. He-s well-liked amongst the boys and he really deserves to be involved in the campaign.”
Friday night-s Hyundai A-League 2009 Minor Semi Final second leg between Queensland Roar and the Central Coast Mariners kicks off at 7.30pm at Suncorp Stadium.