Matt’s winning attitude
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,”