Matt’s win­ning at­ti­tude

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRIS­BANE Roar cap­tain Matt McKay is not about to spit the dummy over uncer­tainty sur­round­ing his po­si­tion in the Roar’s best 11.

Hav­ing missed se­lec­tion in Bris­bane’s start­ing side for the sea­son’s open­ing two rounds, McKay has since started four matches on the trot and is likely to again play from the open­ing whis­tle when Roar meet the New­cas­tle Jets to­mor­row at McDon­ald Jones Sta­dium.

How­ever, his run in the start­ing team has co­in­cided with at­tack­ing mid­fielder Ste­fan Mauk’s in­jury and sus­pen­sion woes.

Mauk is out again to­mor­row af­ter be­ing sent off last Fri­day against Ade­laide United in his come­back from a groin in­jury which side­lined him for three matches.

McKay, 35, is un­der no il­lu­sions about his po­ten­tially tem­po­rary hold of a start­ing spot, but that won’t stop him set­ting a good ex­am­ple for the rest of the squad, par­tic­u­larly the Roar’s younger con­tin­gent.

“I made it quite clear when I spoke to John ( Roar coach John Aloisi) at the start of the sea­son that I still want to lead as I al­ways have, and that doesn’t mean I have to play all the time,” he said.

“I’ve still got to be a good ex­am­ple for ev­ery­one.

“It’s all about hav­ing the right at­ti­tude, whether you’re play­ing or not. Things can turn around for you quickly if you work hard and stay pos­i­tive.

“We’ve got a lot of depth in our squad. There are play­ers who aren’t play­ing in our squad who would be start­ing in other A- League teams.

“That’s the way it is and we have to ac­cept that and work hard to get in the team – which is the way it should be.”

In Mauk’s ab­sence, McKay has largely been de­ployed in a play­mak­ing role higher up the park than he’s used to. But he has cer­tainly em­braced the chal­lenge.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he said. “It’s just a mat­ter of know­ing where I’m sup­posed to be all the time, and the more I play there, the more I get used to it.”

Aloisi is yet to make a de­ci­sion on whether key striker Adam Tag­gart will start to­mor­row as he re­cov­ers from a groin in­jury that forced him off in the Roar’s 2- 1 loss to Ade­laide.

Tag­gart will travel to New­cas­tle to­day, with Aloisi to make a call on his fit­ness just be­fore the match.

“Adam’s build­ing the Roar men­tor said.

He said, how­ever, they would never risk a player’s wel­fare in or­der to win a game.

“We have to make sure if he is go­ing to go out there and play, that he’s not go­ing to rein­jure him­self,” Aloisi said. nicely,”

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