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Jan 12, 2011

Roar playing for more than just points

Brisbane Roar were playing for much more than just points in Wednesday's thrilling 3-3 A-League draw with the Central Cost.

With devastating floods ravaging Queensland, the runaway league leaders felt they owed it to their home state to dig deep and come from behind twice at Bluetongue Stadium.

"A lot of our supporters who we see on a regular basis are from places like Toowoomba, Ipswich and now even the Brisbane CDB, so you feel for all of them, "Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said.

"So it's been a tough 24 hours, but we spoke about it before the game that we represent the city and the state and it was important tonight to put in a massive effort.

"We just wanted to give the people in Queensland something to cheer about if even momentarily."

Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos echoed Postecoglou's remarks, saying the players had been personally affected by the floods with the devastation never far from their minds during the match.

"It was obviously very tough," he said.

"So to show that kind of effort and to come back after being down 2-1 then 3-2.

"To show that character and fight and belief that we've had all year particularly on this night, we were just really proud as a playing group not just for ourselves but for the city we represent.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone back home."

The result saw the Roar extend their unbeaten run to 21 games and they sit 10 points clear of second-placed Adelaide United thanks to goals form Erik Paartalu, Thomas Broich and James Meyer.

The Mariners, who sit in third spot, scored through Adam Kwasnik, Matt Simon and Argentine import Patricio Perez.

With only four regular season games left for the Roar, Postecoglou is focused on securing maximum points in every clash to keep other teams who still have games in hand at bay.

"We've just been playing every game as it comes and we know every game is challenge," he said.

"The closer we get to the finals and now with this unbeaten streak teams are going to be up for our games, we won't have any easy games.

"But that's the way we want it."

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