Roar in­terim wel­comes Vic­tory chal­lenge

Daily Mercury - - SPORT - – Mur­ray Wen­zel

Dar­ren Davies hopes a re­union with a few old friends will also bring about a well-de­served re­sult for Bris­bane in what will be an­other stern test for the Roar’s in­terim coach.

Bris­bane host Mel­bourne Vic­tory at Sun­corp Sta­dium tonight, con­tin­u­ing Davies’ ex­po­sure to top sides since tak­ing over from John Aloisi at the bat­tling A-League club.

The Roar have won just once in 13 starts this sea­son – a run that ul­ti­mately forced Aloisi to hand over the reins late last year. A 4-2 loss against lad­der-lead­ers Perth, hav­ing led 2-0, and frus­trat­ing 1-0 loss to fourth-placed Mel­bourne City in the past nine days, left a bit­ter taste in the new coach’s mouth.

But, throw­ing in a tight 2-1 loss to third-placed Syd­ney, it has also given the stand-in men­tor enough cause for op­ti­mism against the sec­ond-placed Vic­tory.

“We’ve played the top four teams in five games and there’s been noth­ing in it,” he said. “(The loss to City was) bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing. I thought we de­served some­thing out of the game. But let’s move for­ward, not be­hind us. It’ll be a good test to­mor­row night and we’ll be up for it.”

Daniel Bowles re­turns from sus­pen­sion to join Joe Caletti and Aaron Rear­don as chances to fea­ture for the hosts tonight.

Davies worked un­der Vic­tory coach Kevin Mus­cat for six years be­fore join­ing the Roar in Au­gust last year.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing a few old friends,” he said.

“They’ve been very suc­cess­ful, and so has Kevin, dur­ing his ten­ure there.

“But we’re go­ing to go out there and give it our best shot to beat them.”

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