Ange Postecoglou’s return to Brisbane was everything the former Roar head coach would have dreaded, as the defending A-League champions tore his Melbourne Victory side apart, much to the chagrin of fans betting on soccer.
The size of the job in hand for Postecoglou was made clear for all to see as the Roar made relatively easy work of inflicting the Victory’s second defeat in the new season, as the hosts ran out 5-0 winners to send their former boss back to Melbourne with his tail between his legs.
Without three key players, in Archie Thompson, Marco Rojas and Mark Milliagan, the job was never going to be an easy one for the Victory. Two goals for Brisbane in a crazy first half minute ensured the visitors were left chasing the game from early on.
Thomas Broich opened the scoring on the 22nd minute before setting up a second soon after for Erik Paartalu.
The second half didn’t get better for Melbourne either, as Bersart Berisha’s brace and Mitch Nichols further rubbed salt in the wounds of Postecoglou on his return to the Suncorp Stadium.
Postecoglou’s return to Brisbane had been surrounded with plenty of hype in the news soccer in the run-up to this match, but the 47-year old was keen to focus on talking about his new club rather than his former one when he faced the press after the 5-0 hammering.
“My responsibility lies solely with getting this club back to where it belongs and start performing like our supporters think they deserve - that's our focus.
“I knew it was a challenge coming up here. But we are trying to play a style of game. It is going to take some time to come to grips with it, the players are still in a learning process - the players will get there.”