I knew the crowd would be low. And that favours the opposition. You could see see the disappointment on the players faces as came to Brisbane's lowest ever crowd.
While market development is the clubs' responsibility, this reflects a poor governance model for football's positioning in Australia. And the FFA sets the times of the games with Fox Sports. or the other way round. A 3pm game is the wrong time in the sub-tropics and did not favour the Roar who are reliant on Europeans. Next week's 3pm start will be worse. A Saturday start.
Frank was reported as saying that Brisbane would need to be less cavalier in order to ensure that that they won games when they went ahead. Today I heard him telling Robbie Kruse to 'get back'. They tried to get 10 or later 11, then 10 again every time they lost possession. And in the second half that was most of the time. Brisbane just looked like they were learning a new game. At the back it was rubbish.
Did Bob Malcolm really play for Rangers? He is certainly nowhere near as good as Sasa Ogenovski. He is big and lumbering - slow. A lot of holding. A lot of needless free kicks.
Charlie Miller had his first start for the season. While he played Henrique in to set-up the goal, he looked slow and hot. And this is only the start. How is he going to go in the far north?
The 'Street' are talking down Brisbane. So far they have been right. Still, if Brisbane had played as good as they did last week, the would have won. They made Wellington look good. I think Wellington will play off with the Fury for the wooden spoon. Let's hope Brisbane aren't down there too.
Van Dijk was great. he was up front and lonely. But he won just about everything. Henrique was also great.