They say you should train the way you play – and that’s what has Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey fuming ahead of Saturday night’s A-League regular season finale against Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium.
For the second straight day Mulvey fired a rocket up the runaway minor premiers after a sub-standard display on the paddock but was quick to rule out complacency.
Mulvey even hoped it would work to his advantage as a full squad of players jockeyed for spots for the first time this season.
“This hasn’t been our best week of training, I will be completely honest, in terms of quality,” a less than impressed Mulvey said.
“What we served up today and yesterday was not good enough.
“And I will be letting the players know in no uncertain terms that that is not acceptable.
“We were chasing rather than keeping the ball.
“Everyone is playing for their spot for the finals.
“The proof will be in the pudding tomorrow night.”
But Mulvey added: “There’s no complacency in this place I can assure you of that.
“It was a lack of concentration.”
Brisbane are the only team who could be forgiven for lacking concentration ahead of the A-League regular season final round.
They are 13 points clear on top while the rest of the finals contenders are in a last-gasp scramble for a top-six finish.
The third-placed Mariners could finish anywhere from second to sixth depending on weekend results.
“But that’s (Mariners coach) Phil Moss’ problem,” Mulvey said.
“It may affect his team’s selection. The other results will dictate what they will do I think.
“That’s the only consideration I have given to the opposition.”
The crunch weekend has again posed the question: “should all final minor round games be played at the same time?”
Mulvey had no problem with games being played at different times.
But he added: “That’s easy for me to say”.
His only headache was finalising a bench now that Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic (ankle) is back in the starting side.
Henrique, Jean Carlos Solorzano, James Donachie, Steve Lustica, Diogo Ferreira, Jack Hingert and Corey Brown are vying for four bench spots.