Holman key for Aloisi as Roar return to winner’s circle

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A much improved display from Brisbane Roar secured their first three points of the season with a 1-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

Roar manager John Aloisi was quick to praise the influence of veteran midfielder Brett Holman in his side’s turn-around performance after their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle Jets last week.

“It was definitely the reaction we wanted.”

“You saw today that when we had to press, Brett started it, and then the rest followed.”

“It was good for him, and for everyone, to see that he still has that hunger to work and to win games for us.”

Holman, the former AZ Alkmaar and Aston Villa man, proved pivotal in pressuring the Mariners team and in re-igniting the fluid passing moves characteristic of the Roar, which were so lacking last week against the Jets.

His combination play around the area with teammates Thomas Broich and Tommy Oar got better and better as the game went on, with Brisbane managing to penetrate the Mariners defense time and again.

And Aloisi expects that Holman will only improve as he becomes more accustomed to the A-League.

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“Brett did well in Round One but he’s a bit underdone in terms of match minutes. We know that he’s an intelligent player and that’ll he’ll create opportunities for us and that he works hard.”

“It will start to get even better with Brett because the understanding will be there with his teammates.”

“He created a number of good opportunities – it’s actually the most number of opportunities we’ve created because the first two games we didn’t create as many, but today we created a lot.”

Creating chances may not have been a problem for the Roar, but they will be concerned about their wastefulness in front of goal.

“The only thing we’re disappointed in was that we didn’t kill off the game earlier because we had those opportunities,” Aloisi said.

Thomas Kristensen’s 32nd minute volley was not added to, despite a number of clear cut chances for the Roar – especially in the second half.

Jamie Maclaren will feel particularly aggrieved at his inability to nab the three points earlier for Brisbane.

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The normally lethal striker had three excellent opportunities to find the net in the second half – perhaps the best of the bunch coming with 30 minutes to play. Maclaren latched onto a low cross from Thomas Broich, darting in front of his defender at the near post only to see his effort smash into the crossbar.

Aloisi will no doubt hope his players find those shooting boots again before next week’s clash against current league leaders Perth Glory.

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