The Roar coach has been unhappy with the negative light thrown over his side's major semi-final win, and believes a second A-League title is firmly in his men's sights
Annoyed by the negativity surrounding his side's grand-final qualifying victory over Central Coast, Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou says it has provided added motivation in the quest for back-to-back championships.
Following an arduous trip to Korea for an AFC Champions League clash four days earlier, the Roar prevailed 5-2 on aggregate in their two-legged major semi-final against the Mariners by securing a 3-2 win at Bluetongue stadium.
But despite booking a place in their second consecutive A-League grand final, much of the media spotlight has been on a controversial refereeing decision in the lead up to Brisbane's first goal and some anxious moments from the defending champions.
And speaking at Brisbane's "Orange Sunday II" grand final launch on Friday, Postecoglou was quick to voice his disappointment at the lack credit given to his side.
"From my point of view, I don't need to pump [the team] up too much, because I think looking at some of the analysis of last week's game - that we only got lucky and had some referees help - should mean the boys are really worked up for the grand final," he said.
"[There's been] a little bit of hysteria. It was two games that see who gets to the grand final first, we won both of them, scored five goals, and people are talking about one referee's decision.
"I don't think people realise the enormity of what we achieved last weekend and that's why I'm annoyed at the commentary after the game.
"If they had have seen what those players had to go through in those seven days... they've played two of the biggest games of the year against the minor premiers, plus having to travel and play a fantastic team from Korea and coming through that - winning the two games that mattered most - was just an enormous effort."
With Brisbane overcoming a number of challenges on their way to a second-straight grand final, Postecoglou believes victory in next Saturday's A-League decider would exceed last season's championship-winning achievement.
"While we did a major rebuild in year one, it was a real challenge to see whether we could replace some pretty significant players and the fact that we were the hunted right from day one," he said.
"To come through all that and be able to host the grand final... I think I said it already that I think if we pull it off this year it'll be even more satisfying than last year.
"I know it's the second one but it doesn't make it any less exciting, if anything, the players that were there last year and want to come back and the ones who weren't there are desperate to be there, because it will be another memorable occasion."We're going to make it exciting and as long as we win I'm sure it'll be memorable again."
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