Luke Brattan to keep on firing for Brisbane Roar
THE last time Brisbane Roar played Adelaide United in an A-League playoff game, Luke Brattan scored in the 2-1 win in the opening week of the 2012-13 finals series.
He hasn't scored this season, despite having the most shots from any Roar player bar one in this campaign, but he says he will pull the trigger when he can this Friday when the two teams clash in the elimination final at the Adelaide Oval.
Only Dimitri Petratos (55 shots, 11 on target) has had more efforts on goal than defensive midfielder Brattan, who has 41 attempts with 16 on target.
Until last Friday when he was overtaken by goalkeeper Jamie Young, Brattan had also played the most minutes (2025) of any of his Roar teammates and although he had not scored in that time on the pitch, he would carry on taking aim for goal when given the opportunity.
"First and foremost, I am a playmaker and an anchor for the team. I defend and give the ball to the forward players," Brattan said.
"I don't see myself as a goalscorer, so it is a bonus if I do get one. I won't stop shooting, that's for sure."
The defending champion Roar has an unenviable record in Adelaide against the Reds. In its past eight games at Coopers Stadium, Brisbane has won seven and drawn one.
Although Adelaide United is a form team, and the Roar is only contesting finals because of Perth Glory's salary cap breach, Brattan said his team was ready to take on Josep Gombau's side, especially him.
"I've played games regularly and my fitness is up," Brattan said.
"I am pretty happy with the way things are going.
"The boys are disappointed we couldn't make it (the top six) on merit.
"But that (the demotion of the Glory to seventh) has happened now and we will look to make the most of the situation.
"They are a great side, but we like to beat the best."
The Reds were disappointed with the pitch at Adelaide Oval when they played Melbourne Victory earlier this season.
Gombau said the surface, which was then prepared for cricket, affected the quality of his players' performance.
Curator Damian Hough said this time around the pitch would be as good as the one at Coopers Stadium.
More than 30,000 showed up for the Victory clash, with officials hoping for a similar attendance on Friday night.
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