Coach says Roar not appreciated
Miffed by the "hysteria" created by a controversial goal, Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou believes his men have not been given enough credit for booking back-to-back A-League grand finals.
Postecoglou was all smiles on Friday when the Roar launched their countdown to the April 22 decider at Suncorp Stadium - the scene of their remarkable championship victory over Central Coast last year.
But the Roar mentor quickly appeared annoyed when asked about their most recent clash with the Mariners.
Brisbane downed Central Coast 3-2 at Gosford last Sunday to claim the two-legged major semi-final 5-2 on aggregate.
However, the talking point was their opening goal on Sunday that was allowed to stand despite teammate Mitch Nichols being off side, much to Postecoglou's frustration.
"There was a little bit of hysteria," Postecoglou said.
"It was two games. We won both of them and scored five goals and people are talking about one referee's decision.
"I think the referee had zero to do with the end result.
"From my point of view I don't need to pump them up too much (because) looking at the analysis of last week's game we got lucky and needed the referee's help.
"That should mean the boys are worked up for the grand final."
The 3-2 win capped a draining run of three games in nine days - the major semi-final's two legs as well as an Asian Champions League clash in South Korea.
And there is no let-up in sight.
Remarkably the Roar still have a must-win ACL clash with Ulsan Hyundai at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday night - just five days before the season decider.
Still, Postecoglou felt the Roar's efforts were not fully appreciated.
"I don't think people realise the enormity of the achievement of last weekend," he said.
"That's why I am annoyed by the commentary after the game when people are talking about one particular decision or that we were lucky.
"If they saw what the players had to go through in those seven days of playing two of the biggest games of the year plus the travel and playing a fantastic team in Korea, coming through that (is) just an enormous effort by the players."
The Roar have earned the right to defend their title despite juggling ACL commitments and losing the likes of captain Matt McKay and marksmen Kosta Barbarouses and Jean Carlos Solorzano in the off-season.
As a result, Postecoglou said he would rate a second championship higher than last year's stunning triumph.
"Back to back - it is enormously hard," said Postecoglou who achieved the feat with South Melbourne in the former NSL.
"If we pull it off it will be even more satisfying than last year."