Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey. GETTY IMAGES

Brisbane Roar coach confident ahead of big test

FOOTBALL: Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey believes the extreme challenge his troops overcame in defence against the Melbourne Victory will give the team an edge against the Wanderers in Sunday's A-League grand final.

The Roar's left side of Shane Stefanutto, Matt McKay and Thomas Broich not only held off the Victory's talented attackers, but also counter-attacked brilliantly in Sunday night's 1-0 semi-final triumph.

Mulvey seemed unperturbed when asked about the challenge to be presented by the Wanderers, including in-form right-winger Youssouf Hersi.

"Melbourne Victory's right side is pretty decent," Mulvey said.

"Kosta Barbarouses is a very good player. Jason Geria is a young gun that moves up and down that line ... Mark Milligan makes forward runs that cause problems. We were able to overcome that, and I'm confident we have every chance of overcoming it on Sunday."

Mulvey added the week off his team enjoyed, during the first week of the semi-finals, would benefit his troops going into the grand final.

"You guys have all asked me in the last two weeks 'what about the week off? What about the week off?'" Mulvey said.

"We will be better because of it in seven days' time. It's the same with our shooting, passing and movement."


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