Gold Coast coach Bleiberg keen on returning to form

Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg is hoping his team can bounce back to form this weekend.

The new A-League franchise and one-time league leaders have lost two of their past three games and dropped to third on the table, loosening their early-season stranglehold on the competition.

But Bleiberg plans to end the barren spell with a much-improved performance against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

“The good run we enjoyed at the start of the season began at Suncorp Stadium and there is no better place or time to get back to that kind of form,” said Bleiberg.

“Our aim is to come away with the three points, and, if other results go our way over the weekend, to get back to the top of the ladder.

“It’s also about time that we got back to playing the kind of football we were displaying at the beginning of the season and there’s a determination within the squad to do just that.”

Bleiberg admitted he was not too deterred by the fact he was losing stars Jason Culina and Shane Smeltz to international duty.

“We are going into the game with full confidence because we want to win and hope to take advantage of the fact that the Roar are missing a few key players,” he added.

“Having Zenon (Caravella) and Panta (Steve Pantelidis) back is a bonus for us because their contribution to our team is huge.

“They are both fiery, strong in the tackle and have great energy. When you are facing a battle they are the type of players you want on your side.

“Perhaps we were missing a bit of fire in our bellies last week against Wellington, but these two will certainly provide it for us this weekend.”

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