Brisbane’s horror season rolls on

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“We have to look in the mirror. It’s not good enough, it’s ridiculous, seriously.

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Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s emotional outburst at full-time summed up the night for Brisbane in another disappointing performance in front of home fans.

“It’s just the players. The staff, everyone is amazing, but we have to work harder,” he said.

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“At home, we lost last week. We lose again. I’m done with that.

“I can’t accept that. We can’t accept that. We just have to work harder, we have to believe, we have great players, staff, but that’s not enough unfortunately.”

Brisbane’s horror home record is a telling indicator of the disastrous Roar season thus far.

Of the 10 games played at Suncorp Stadium this season John Aloisi’s side have only managed 1 victory, a 3-1 win over Melbourne City way back in mid-November.

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Sydney FC’s dominating win last night was the Roar’s fourth successive loss at home and the seventh of the season.

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Fan unrest is growing and they are well within their rights to be concerned.

Sydney made light work of the Roar, almost looking as if they were cruising through the match with the ability to flick the switch at any point and inflict more damage on an ailing Brisbane side.

Graham Arnold went as far as saying the scoreline should’ve hit double figures post-match.

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“It should’ve been 10,” he said.

“The only disappointment was that we didn’t kill them off earlier, we left them in the game at 2-0.

“First half could’ve been easily 3 or 4 and then second half the game got stretched and we had those chances and we take risks with our attacking style.”

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Brisbane coach John Aloisi again pointed to the injury crisis hampering the club as a significant factor towards the loss.

“We have ten players out and we didn’t sit off,” he said.

“We went for Sydney because I thought that was the way to do it.

“I’m proud of 18-year-old Dane Ingham and 18-year-old Daniel Leck, I thought they took the game to experienced players, just disappointing cause the scoreline flatters them.

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“Of course at the end they’re going to have chances because we open up and we try and go, but in saying that the first half was very even and we had just as good as we gave it just as they did.”

Suspended duo Matt McKay and Avraam Papadopoulos are once again available for selection in a welcome boost for Brisbane ahead of their upcoming 4 game run over 15 days.

However even with most first team players available Brisbane’s season was still a mess and with no sign of improvement time is running out for Aloisi and his side with finals football continuing to drift further and further away from their grasp.

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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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