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John Aloisi and Paul Okon are adamant that better days await this season but after Sunday’s fixture it’s hard to see where both sides are drastically going to improve.

In what was the first goalless match of this season both clubs failed to turn it on for spectators and fans at home.

Tentative and toothless are two words that come to mind in describing yesterday’s clash where once again the main focal point post-match was more about the officials rather than the 22 men on the pitch.

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Okon launched a comical yet serious tirade on the lack of a decision that involved Mariners Jake McGing being potentially fouled in an aerial contest by Roar’s Avraam Papadopoulos.

“I can’t get a yellow card here can I, no red cards here, no ones got one,” he said.

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“Sometimes the rules get changed during the game I don’t know, FIFA phones up and says oh the rules have changed so I have no idea.

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“I thought the referee had quite a good game maybe there were some moments that maybe could’ve been different but me talking about it ain’t going to change it.”

Aloisi echoed the sentiments held by the Mariners boss but this time regarding the contentious linesman call on Massimo Maccarone.

“My view when I saw it live and then saw the replay on the television was I thought that the defender was keeping Maccarone just onside with his foot,” he said.

“I don’t know the rule on that for sure I thought they would allow play to go on and leave the VAR to decide whether that was offside or not so look you get some and other times you don’t.

“If he didn’t put up his flag I felt that they would’ve given a penalty, I don’t think they would’ve overruled that one because it was so close and I thought that’s why they had the VAR, for those close calls.

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Not since 2014-15 have Brisbane Roar suffered such a dour beginning to a season, in that season double premiership winning head coach Mike Mulvey was sensationally sacked on the back of a solitary win through the first six rounds.

Aloisi will hope to stay well clear of such an exit but he must get his side to rapidly change their performance because at the moment it is not pretty to watch from every perspective.

Unimaginative up front and cagey at the back, it truly is dire straights for Brisbane who in their next four matches will face both Melbourne clubs and both Sydney clubs in a season-defining stretch heading into December.

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland. In the meantime, he'll continue praying for Arzani's knee.

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