Brisbane coach Rado Vidosic questions Roar trip to Perth for season opener

The Roar coach believes his side had earned a home match in their season opener, and not an away match with a side 'really keen to do the damage' Indonesia   By BEN CAMERON

Brisbane Roar manager Rado Vidosic has again questioned why his team was forced to travel to Perth for a grand final rematch against the Glory.

The Roar defeated Perth in a controversial 2011-12 A-League championship decider before a packed Suncorp Stadium but were beaten 1-0 at Patersons Stadium on Sunday after an 88th-minute Billy Mehmet header.

Vidosic said the champions deserved to play in front of a home crowd in the rematch.

"You win the grand final and then you have to go away, so I don't understand why we could not play at home," Vidosic said.

"There should be some kind of reward.

"We host the grand final, there was 53,000 people and then your first game is the longest trip and to someone who was really keen to do the damage."

The Roar had the majority of the possession in the first half with 59 percent, but that number was neutralised by Perth in the second half.

Both teams struggled to take advantage of the few opportunities they had in front of goal.

The man who created the controversy of last season's decider Besart Berisha was at the centre of a number of hard challenges and confrontations with Glory players.

The Albanian went into referee Ben Williams' book when he clashed with Dean Heffernan late in the first half.

Vidosic said he did not feel the attention Berisha received was anything untoward.

"It's normal treatment, I don't think it was anything serious," he said.

"I think he played very good, unfortunately just couldn't get in a better situation to score a goal.

"I think he handled it very well. I think the game was fair, I don't think there was anything negative in the game.

"I think supporters were great, supporting the club fantastically."

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson, meanwhile, made a point of ensuring his team was not distracted by the thought of retribution.

"Today was all about three points and getting a good start in the league," Ferguson said.

"I think that's the second time in eight years that we've come away with a win first game, which is great."

"People are going to talk about revenge, but revenge is when you've got the cup in your hand. This was three points today."

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