Brisbane Roar 15/16 Mid-Season Report Card

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It’s the time of the year when clubs look towards the second half of the season and The Football Sack critiques each club’s progress so far.

Do you agree with our assessments made in the return of our mid-season report cards?

Semester Summary: Brisbane Roar can be proud of their season so far as they sit at the summit of the Hyundai A-League to welcome in 2016, even if it’s only on goal difference with Western Sydney breathing down their necks. Not many would have expected them to be leading at the halfway mark when John Aloisi was appointed back in May but he has done a tremendous job after his troubles in Melbourne. He’s got a talented squad back on the track.

Areas of Excellence: They’re not just winning but are doing it in style. Aloisi is committed to playing the game the way it should be played. With new boy Corona dictating things from deep and Thomas Broich pulling the strings in the final third, their sharp, crisp passing football has been sublime at times.

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Their stringent backline cannot be overlooked either having only conceded 12 goals in 13 games – the third best defence in the league.

Areas in need of improvement: Failing to kill off games while they’ve been on top. As top dogs there isn’t much to complain about but they have tended to make things hard on themselves. Even with opposing teams at their mercy, with the lion’s share of possession and chances, they have sometimes left it late to get a result. Some nervy finishes could have been avoided if they’d have taken their chances and not relied on their bench to bail them out.

Top students: Jamie Maclaren has made a dream start to his first season in Brisbane following his move from Perth Glory. Seven goals, three assists and a developing partnership with fellow young gun Brandon Borrello (who himself has five goals) has given Roar fans plenty of reasons to smile.

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Corona has proven to be a stellar signing and Broich has been his usual magic self – clocking up five assists. Henrique’s contributions off the bench have been vital to Brisbane’s season.

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Central defender Jade North has been instrumental at the back with his composure, leadership and strength.

Class clowns: While his performances have been solid, the same can’t be said for Shane Stefanutto’s haircut. Jamie Young has shown himself to be a fantastic stopper, particularly in one-on-one situations, but he is prone to the occasional error. Cut the silly errors out of his game and he can establish himself as first choice.

Grade: A-

Outlook: Could go right down to the wire with the Wanderers for the Premiership. It’s going to be tight but there’s no doubt they have the quality to bring it home.

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Lochy McIvor
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