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Petratos scores again

Brisbane Roar attacker Dimitri Petratos has scored his fourth goal in two games, finding his way onto the scoresheet again in his side's 3-0 demolition of Melbourne Victory in the A-League on Saturday night.

The 21-year-old followed up his hat-trick against his former club Sydney FC by netting the third at AAMI Park in Melbourne as the Roar extended their league lead to seven points in Round 13.

Petratos, who practices his skills at our Golden Goal facility in the off-season, has seen all his hard work begin to come into fruition since being signed by coach Mike Mulvey last year.

The Roar No.23 has managed to stake a claim for a berth in the Roar's starting XI following a brief stint in Malaysia and will surely be an irresistible inclusion when Brisbane host Adelaide United this weekend.

Petratos had previously made 30 appearances for the Sky Blues, where he netted five goals. He has also made two appearances for the Young Socceroos at international level.

The Roar were in fine form against title contenders Victory and produced arguably their most complete performance of the season as Petratos notched their eighth goal in two games.

Former Manchester United player Liam Miller opened the scoring mid-day through the first half, latching onto the end of some well-worked ball movement to fire the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Socceroo Matt McKay doubled their advantage in the second stanza after he managed to chip the 'keeper after being released through on goal.

Petratos helped seal the win in the 67th-minute when he received the ball from marquee-man Thomas Broich and was able to dribble across the box before unleashing an unstoppable shot low into the back of the net.

Coach Mike Mulvey was delighted with his side's result and the quality of the performance following their win over Sydney FC.

“We put on a very good performance in Sydney last week and we backed it up tonight,” Mulvey said. “That's always the aim, you set the bar and you have got to keep to it.

“I'm extremely happy with the players tonight because they were very good and training was excellent during the week so things are going along quite nicely at the moment.

“I wasn't looking at the clock or wondering when full-time was. I was just enjoying us play.”

The Roar welcome the Reds to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon, a side they've had the wood on in recent times having won their last four encounters.

However complacency will be key as Adelaide are in the midst or a mini form revival and are unbeaten in their last three games.

Dimi will no doubt be hoping to make his fifth start for the Roar and we wish him all the best! Coverage of the match will be on our big screen from 5.30pm Saturday AEDT.

Damien Bellemore

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