Have Roar turned a corner?

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Brisbane Roar have returned to the top six after an eight-round absence with consecutive A-League wins over Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners.

Only five days ago Brisbane were ridiculed for their embarrassing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Filipino side Ceres-Negros in their Asian Champions League playoff encounter.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi acknowledged that his side’s performance against the Filipino outfit was below par but reassured his players always give their all for the club.

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“We were upset about our performance the other night, we let ourselves down. Everyone knows about some of the issues we’ve had as a football club but we can’t let that affect us as a group of players and group of coaches,” Aloisi said.

“We have to make sure we focus on what we can control and every time we step on the pitch whether it’s the game or training we have to make sure we give everything we’ve got.

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Their response last night demonstrated that they had overcome the embarrassing defeat and has placed them in good stead for next week’s home match against Melbourne City as they aim to secure their third win on the bounce.

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Aloisi was full of praise for his side following their victory over the Central Coast despite their horror showing earlier in the week.

“Tonight, was a really good performance in terms of what we’ve been through during the week but also the season we’ve had with injuries,” Aloisi said.

“It’s great to have some players coming back in and straight away making a difference for us, Brett Holman’s the obvious one.”

Since his return from injury last week Holman has scored in back-to-back league games for Roar and has been largely responsible for his side’s recent rise on the ladder.

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The 33-year-old has provided target man Massimo Maccarone with much needed support in the attacking third and eases the burden on the Italian striker who has scored a third of Roar’s goals this season.

After claiming their fifth win of the campaign Roar are eager to continue with their upward trajectory on the table.

“We want to make top six, we want to make finals. We said last week was our first final and this was our second and we’ve won both,” Aloisi said.

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“We just have to keep on picking up points and wins because we know that if we can make finals, we can really cause problems but we know that there’s a long way to go yet.”

Feature Image Credit: BRFC Photographer Paul Smith

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Studying Journalism at UTS. Obsessed with football and a die hard supporter of Sydney FC and Liverpool FC in the EPL

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