Roar interim welcomes Victory challenge
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.”