Vidosic says Bluetongue record is history
Rado Vidosic says Brisbane's immaculate record at Bluetongue Stadium will count for nothing in Sunday's A-League clash with heavyweights Central Coast.
Vidosic said the club's past deeds at the ground should not lull them into a false sense of security against a more dangerous and potent Mariners outfit.
The Roar have never lost at the Gosford venue with nine wins and four draws from 13 trips south.
"You get those teams that you really enjoy playing and Central Coast Mariners is probably the one we love playing away more than anyone else," said Vidosic.
"But that's history, it's past, it's a new season and they have continued to build from where they left off last season.
"They're hard, they tough to crack down and very solid in defence.
"With Daniel McBreen they've got a great goal scorer so they're looking very, very good."
The loss of suspended key centre-back Patrick Zwaanswijk has opened the door for former Gold Coast youngster Zac Anderson to make his starting debut for the Mariners against the club which signed his AIS teammate Ben Halloran but showed little interest in him.
While the Roar jumped at chance to grab Halloran's signature when the Gold Coast folded, Anderson has found a home with the Mariners happy to learn his trade from coach Graham Arnold behind and the classy Zwaanswijk.
"There was no real interest from the Roar," Anderson said before their big clash on Sunday.
"It was a little disappointing. Maybe there's a point to prove on the weekend. I can show Rado what I can do."
Vidosic was confident his three Socceroo draftees Matt Smith, Ivan Franjic and Halloran, named in the 25-man squad for next month's East Asia Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong, would keep their feet on the ground and give him their best before going into Socceroos camp on Monday.
"I would very surprised if Holger doesn't spend the next three days watching the games, especially the one close by Sydney and Gosford is not too far away," Vidosic said.
"It's the last game of the round and there are quite a few players he can come and watch, it won't hurt those players (in the squad) at all."
The Brisbane coach, whose son Dario also made Holger Osieck's squad, can expect a big performance from disappointed midfielder Erik Paartalu, considered unlucky not to have been selected.
"Of course he is disappointed. I had a little chat with him to encourage him that it may not be on his performances and more to do with the numbers they could select from each club," said Vidosic.
"In Erik's case he is definitely someone who deserves a crack."
Paartalu has a great opportunity to justify his coach's comments and faith.
"If he keeps working hard and keeps playing like he has his turn will come," said Vidosic.