Brisbane Roar may have sacked their manager last week but they are still looking to prove they are the team of the last few seasons. They made some progress to that on Saturday as they managed to pick up a surprise point managing a 1-1 draw against the league leading Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The equalizer came with five minutes to play as again Marcinho proved to be vital for the Roar popping up to score another vital goal. The result was a fair reflection of an even match, but Perth will be disappointed at having let their position slip after playing well for 80 minutes.
It was really an end-to-end start to the match as both sides looked for goals, keeping the match open. As is so often the case, Brisbane were doing well in possession but were struggling to turn that possession in to something more meaningful.
In the 17th minute former Brisbane Roar man Mitch Nichols was brought on after an injury to Youssuf Hersi. Nichols did not receive a warm welcome from his former crowd, no doubt not helped by his reaction as he blew kisses to the abusive crowd, firing up the fans.
Just two minutes later, Perth Glory had the lead and it came through a well taken corner. The ball was sent right in to the middle of the box and found Dino Djulbic who was able to bounce and slam the ball home to give Perth an early opener.
With the lead, and with Brisbane looking fairly ineffective in possession, Perth were happy to surrender much of the possession to Brisbane. That allowed Roar to have plenty of the ball and they finally started to create chances but they just could not put them away as wayward shooting kept it 1-0 at the break.
Nichols difficult welcome back to Brisbane was not just the crowd, as the players were also going in on the Perth player. The physical play seemed to be a tactic of Brisbane’s but it did little to change the match as they struggled to put any chances away.
Perth should have wrapped up the match in the 68th minute after some horrible defending from Brisbane opened the door. That allowed Nichols the chance, but the poor shooting also hit Nichols as he couldn’t get the effort away.
Roar kept pushing and with five minutes to play they did finally get their equalizer, despite Perth having chances to put the match away. Corey Brown played a ball in for Henrique, which allowed him to round the keeper and score easily.
Both sides tried to find a late winner but it just couldn’t be found as the match ended 1-1. Perth were frustrated about the late goal but after conceding so much possession to Brisbane it was expected while Brisbane will look to keep moving on.