Have Brisbane found their missing ingredient?

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The return of attacking midfielder Brett Holman to the Roar’s match day squad on Thursday was a welcome sight for John Aloisi.

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Holman has not been seen in the A-League since late November after becoming a member of Roar’s infamous injury list and his absence had left a massive hole in the Brisbane line up.

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Aloisi has tested various players in Holman’s No.10 role but it always seemed as though Brisbane’s midfield lacked a distinct ounce of creative flair and general cohesion that was so often brought to the table from the former Aston Villa man.

The decision to move Massimo Maccarone deeper into the vacated role looked to have solved the issue in the past month, however as a consequence to the Italian playing deeper it obviously meant he would not carry the central danger of playing in the oppositions box.

Holman was introduced off the bench last night in the 60th minute and immediately signalled his intent  with a lung-busting close down of Perth’s gloveman Liam Reddy to force an instant turnover.

The effort shown by Holman in that instant to close down the Glory possession was a welcome sight that had not been seen in Suncorp Stadium for most of the season.

It was almost a carbon copy of Liverpool’s Andy Robertson hounding down Manchester City players during their recent 4-3 win albeit a little shorter, but it’s these efforts and moments in matches that can be the difference at the end of the day.

Holman was able to bring the crowd into the game with his energy and sheer desire for the win in an industrious 30-minute display that wound back the clock for the former Socceroo. Fit, fast and agile – it was a surprising yet desperately needed return for Brisbane.

Aloisi is keen for the star midfielder to return to his central role as soon as possible with every fixture from here on out crucial to save Brisbane’s stunted season.

“Brett looked good, hopefully he can play more minutes on Tuesday in the ACL qualifier,” he said.

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“And you know, that will end up building him up a little bit, then we’ll see how he progresses.”

Aloisi himself has labelled every remaining Roar fixture as a final in perhaps a calculated move to motivate his side to produce what would be a drastic turnaround in their season fortunes.

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“Another final on Tuesday, which is the ACL because we need to win that one,” he said with a smirk.

“Then again against the Mariners (next round).

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“I did say that Brisbane Roar find ways to win finals games so tonight we found a way to win.

“We scored three goals, we hadn’t scored for three games so it was important to start scoring again but we created a lot of chances again so that’s a positive.”

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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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