Brisbane Roar’s starting line-up on Sunday afternoon was the oldest in league history at an average of 31.6 however this is not the reason for the disappointing and alarming start to Brisbane’s season.

For the second week running Roar coach John Aloisi emphasised that good times were right around the corner for the Brisbane faithful, that the side he has assembled is capable of great things.

Do I believe him? So dearly would I love to be content with hearing those words but I remain hesitant.

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In the immediate future Aloisi is a man clearly under pressure to turn his side’s fortunes around. The Roar coach let it be known that Brisbane has shown glimpses of a top A-League side in their opening three fixtures.

“Are we going to be good? Yes, we are going to be good,” said Aloisi.

“We just can’t look at the points table, this is where we have to be positive and I certainly am and I know that the players after the game were upbeat about the second-half, just disappointed about a few decisions that went against us.

“I know the fans would be proud of what they saw in the second-half.”

A controversial VAR decision had Suncorp Stadium reverberating with anguish regarding the overturning of Massimo Maccarone’s piece of sublime skill and deft finish that looked for all money to have levelled the scores at 2-2.

It took several minutes for the VAR panel and referee Matthew Conger to confidently overturn Roar’s short-lived equaliser in what has remained a much-maligned talking point of the first weeks of the A-League season.

In defence of his squad Aloisi questioned the reach and overall decision-making process of the still far from perfect VAR system.

“The rule as I interpret it and as they explained to us is that if the ball was going forward, attacking or in the final third or phase then you come back and call it offside if its offside,” he said.

“Now it deflected off Matt McKay, if Massimo was slightly offside then plays it backwards, it’s not forward anymore, he’s not going in on goal.

“If that’s what we’re going to turn to, to go back three phases to disallow a goal then we’ve got a serious issue and the VAR has got a problem.

“So you know I don’t understand when you can use it when you can’t use it and how far back you can go with it.”

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The second half as Aloisi alluded to numerous times in his post-match press conference was a step in the right direction.

Despite this, Roar still looked a shell of their past and devoid of any energy and bounce.

Some of the men in orange almost looked disinterested, lethargic and unwilling to put in the extra miles for their club and coach who is no doubt starting to become worried no matter what he says publicly.

Aloisi deserves dedicated efforts from his squad because he is certainly showing his passion to right the slowly sinking ship in Brisbane and now those players must respond in the right manner.

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.