Wanderers seeking win against Roar at Suncorp stadium
WESTERN Sydney attacking midfielder Aaron Mooy is keen to get in touch with Roar opposite number Mitch Nichols - a former teammate in under-20 and under-23 Australian teams - before Saturday night's clash at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
What Mooy will not be doing is reading the press.
Much has been said about the Wanderers' inability to score a goal in their first three games as an A-League club.
And if that were to stay the same against Brisbane, his side would equal Central Coast's record of 2006-07, when the Mariners went four games without finding the back of the net.
Mooy had been so focused on maintaining high standards as he prepared for the Roar game, he was unaware of the record.
"I didn't know about that. I'm not bothered by it," he said.
"We just need to stick to our game plan and that win will come."
The 22-year-old said there would no doubt be some banter between him and Nichols before the game.
"I'll talk to him before the match, but once I cross that line I'll be looking to get one over him," Mooy said.
"Mitch has been doing really well.
"He's so young, but it seems as though he's been around for ages already."
Mooy has faith that rookie coach Tony Popovic will have a maiden win against his name soon, vindicating in his own mind the decision to join the Wanderers from Scottish club St Mirren.
"Everyone at the club believes in his game plan and he's doing a great job," Mooy said.
"We all respect him and listen to him. I'm enjoying my time here.
"Every day I'm happy at training."
Mooy may be happy with his new surroundings, but he is rarely satisfied with his performance.
He racked up more than 50 passes and created several chances against Sydney FC in last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Sky Blues.
"I wasn't really happy with that because we didn't get the win," he said.
"I just want to win and I try to set high standards with everything I do."
Extroverted Roar striker Besart Berisha will be out to equal his club's goalscoring record against the Wanderers.
The club's leading goalscorer, Sergio Van Dijk, managed 25 goals as a
Brisbane player from 50 games between 2008 and 2010.
Berisha has 24 from just 32 appearances.
"All these goals I score, it's what I enjoy in Brisbane and you can see that every game," the charismatic attacker said.
"It will mean a lot to have the record, but it will mean more to achieve something in the club and try to win titles."