It was another frustrating showing for the Brisbane Roar during their round three W-League loss to Adelaide United.

A squad brimming with talent, in control and creating plenty of chances.

Yet no goals.

“To have the chances we had, we need to put it in the back of the net,” Roar head coach Mel Andreatta said post-match.

“I’m sure with time and the pressure for places they’ll go on to do that better.”

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It’s still early days, but two goals from three matches is surely disappointing considering the calibre of Brisbane’s attack.

Many of the squad’s issues through rounds one and two have been fairly pinned on the absence of key players, waiting release from their overseas parent clubs.

Despite the fact she’s now had almost all her squad in training for weeks – Japanese import Yuki Nagasato the last to link up this week – Andreatta is still blaming a lack of time to integrate late-comers for her team’s woes.

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“Friday was our first whole session – including preseason – together as a group, so there’s still a lot of time in the competition for us to get those co-ordinations between players much better which will help with the execution.”

“I believe we’re close to clicking and once it does the goals will keep going in,” said Andreatta.

Brisbane rank third in shots and are creating plenty of chances, so it’s clear much of what they’re doing is working.

But now without only injured winger Hayley Raso, Andreatta’s calls for patience to goal-starved fans are beginning to ring hollow.

There could be some questions asked about tactics, with the choice to play debutant Yuki Nagasato as a lone striker questionable.

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While she held up play well against Adelaide, her best displays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League usually came playing behind a number nine.

With Chioma Ubogagu – easily the Roar’s most threatening attacker this season – cutting an oft-frustrated figure on the right wing against Adelaide, perhaps a move to striker could better harness her goal-scoring potential?

Brisbane have a bye next round, which gives Andreatta two full weeks of training with her now-nearly complete squad.

“We’re looking forward (to having the two weeks off), so certainly no need to panic,” she said.

“We’re just going to keep working hard and doing what we do but better.”

With ample training time to work out the kinks, there’ll certainly be no excuse for Andreatta if Brisbane still can’t find their scoring touch in round five against Newcastle.

Time will tell.

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