Roar ready to light Besart Berisha's fuse

A RESURGENT Brisbane is expected to renew acquaintances with its former goal scorer Besart Berisha by testing out the Albanian's renowned short fuse with some well-directed niggle when the Roar plays Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Berisha is again the A-League's leading goal scorer this season, the only difference is that he is banging them into the back of the net for the Victory after parting company with Brisbane, where he bagged 48 goals, two championships and two Golden Boot awards.

Brisbane fed off the 29-year-old's emotion and passion, which at times landed him in trouble, feelings his former teammates will be trying to stir up in the hope they can put him off his game.

After four straight losses to open the season, Brisbane got the critics off its back with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle last weekend, with mighty Brazilian Henrique scoring a hat-trick.

Roar coach Mike Mulvey expressed his elation for his players who he said had to deal with a lot of criticism following the worst start to a season by any team in A-League history.

"The thing I didn't like was questioning our effort and integrity. The players didn't deserve that," he said.

"They always put in. Sometimes it doesn't work, but they always put in and Friday night was a step in the right direction."

Speaking before Australia's friendly against Japan in Osaka tonight, Socceroos star Matt McKay said he was thrilled by his Brisbane side's big win against the Jets.

"I was delighted and now they have to keep it going," McKay said. "They've got the belief to keep going and get more results."

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