If you thought Brisbane Roar’s season couldn’t get any worse you better think again after an embarrassingly farcical night of football for the club.

Ceres Negros FC were two weeks into their pre-season and the unfancied visitors from the Philippines yet they outran and outplayed the Roar all night to knock the A-League club out of Asian Champions League qualifying courtesy of a 3-2 win.

They simply wanted it more and that damning fact was clear for all to see.

From the off Brisbane looked sluggish and a step behind their opponents despite leading 1-0 for a brief moment in the first half.

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The game style was once again devoid of any visible tactical approach in an overall shambolic performance that left Aloisi steaming at his own players.

“They obviously underestimated them, I know I didn’t, I knew they could cause problems,” he said.

“Even when we went 1-0 up the players must’ve thought they were going to cruise through that game.

“You can’t think you’re a professional footballer because you put on a jersey – you need to act like a professional each day you turn up to training and play and represent this club.

“Tonight was not good enough from anyone.”

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The pressure around the club is mounting with every loss and the debacle that transpired with a number of player’s jersey numbers peeling off is an indictment of the current state of the club.

This is an establishment that is supposedly a heavyweight club of Australian football and the A-League and here they were rushing around on the sideline, hunting down a spare jersey whilst Eric Bautheac stood on the halfway line in what could only have been utter disbelief and frustration at his predicament.

It was comical and disgraceful all in the same instance. This should not be occurring in this country let alone any facet of professional football.

At the end of the day, it truly is plain and simply disappointing in terms of the manner in which Brisbane performed and valued the premier club competition in Asia.

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Despite the embarrassing defeat Aloisi still remained unwavering when questions of his job security were raised post-match.

“I won’t walk away, I don’t give up,” he said.

“There’ll be changes that’s for sure, changes within the football club and changes within our playing squad.

“If the people up above want something different and they don’t think that I’m the man to take them forward then they’ll make that call.

“But I won’t walk.”

Feature photo: BRFC photographer Paul Smith

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