James Donachie says Roar daring to dream at Wanderland
FOOTBALL: Brisbane central defender James Donachie is confident his team's superior record over the Wanderers will see it inflict more pain on the hosts in the A-League semi-final at Pirtek Stadium today.
Despite playing Western Sydney in front of a rocking home crowd in Parramatta, Donachie said the Roar's 2-1 head-to-head record over the Wanderers this season had given his team the belief it could raid 'Wanderland'.
If successful in doing that, the Roar would break red and black hearts - not for the first time - and qualify for the A-League grand final away to Adelaide next Sunday.
"We've gone down there twice this season and come back with a result (a 3-1 win in round one back in October), which is positive," Donachie said.
"I'm happy and confident to go down there and take something off them, for sure".
The Roar seemed to struggle with the Victory's high-pressing game in the first half of its 2-1 elimination-final win last Friday night.
The men in orange looked nervous, particularly in the first half, prompting Wanderers forward Brendon Santalab to label the performance "mediocre".
Those comments could add some spice to this game, but Donachie said he was happy to get a jittery display out of the way in time for today's grand-final qualifier.
"Going into the finals when it's knockout you get a bit of nerves, so that's all out of our system now," he said.
Despite its shaky first half against the Victory, the Roar did not change much at training this week, with coach John Aloisi big on maintaining regular routines this season.
As it has done throughout the season, the team flew to its away venue the day before the match - yesterday.
"We (didn't) change too much through the week - we'll keep doing what we're doing," Donachie said.
While the Roar and Wanderers both finished with 14 wins for the season, it has been Brisbane's ability to win at the death that has made it a genuine contender for the championship title.
The Roar pulled off a signature 3-2 comeback win over the Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium last month, after it trailed 2-1 with just 12 minutes to go.
That's not to mention the men in orange beating the Wanderers 2-1 in the 2014 grand final in extra-time, following a late equaliser to former Brisbane striker Besart Berisha.
"Now that it's happened quite a few times, I don't think we count ourselves out until till the 90th minute or extra-time," Donachie said.
"We just keep going and I think all the boys know in their heads 'we might grab something here', so it's more a mental thing for us now.
"It's good to go four or five minutes into extra-time and know you might be able to grab something."