Hard work is paying off – Brisbane Roar’s Barbarouses

Brisbane Roar striker Kosta Barbarouses admits the hard the squad is putting in is currently paying off in terms of results.

The league leaders stretched their advantage to seven points over second-placed Adelaide United thanks to a 1-0 win over Sydney FC yesterday.

The result allowed the Roar to notch up their 16th match without a loss and although that new A-League record is something that is always hovering around, Barbarouses, who scored yesterday’s only goal, says it is not the overriding factor.

“(The run) is 16 games now and I guess that’s always in the back of our head,” Barbarouses said.

“But we just want to continue our hard work and it’s paying off on the pitch.

“We always want to knock up wins and it’s no different whatever game we play, we come to get three points.

“We knew they were going to come out fighting and desperate in the second half.

“We hung on a little bit and I still think we had good possession but just not as good as we had in the first half.”

And Barbarouses added that scoring his first goal in six games was a relief but admitted his mini-drought had not been too much of an issue.

“Other players have been scoring so there’s not really been any pressure on me to score,” he added.

“But coming into the last nine games or so and heading into the finals I want to break double digits.”

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