Are Roar papering over the cracks?

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Brisbane Roar has now won four of their past six A-League games and sit just a couple points adrift of fifth and sixth on the ladder with five rounds remaining.

Just a few short weeks ago finals football seemed a distant pipe dream yet here Brisbane are at the tail end of the season making a last gasp finals push.

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Brisbane head coach John Aloisi has made it no secret that he expects wins in this last stretch of the season.

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“We have six games left and we need to win them all – that’s what we’re planning on doing,” he said mid-week.

It’s clear Aloisi’s goal for the season is to sneak into the elusive top six to have a seat at the table when week one of finals come around.

Now, this is expected but do the Roar deserve it? Have their performances really improved this season? Would a top-six spot appease an already agitated fanbase?

It’s clear things are not what they once were in Brisbane.

Attendances are very low and the overall vibe around the club is not one that fills a Roar fan let alone a neutral with much excitement despite the recent turnaround in fortunes in the results column.

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Let’s be frank, watching Brisbane fixtures right now is not the most pleasant of ways to spend 90 minutes of your time.

Aloisi and his players are grinding out results: it’s plain and simple. But we can’t really blame them for this approach because the only stat that matters once that final whistle blows is which team has more goals in the back of the net than the other.

However, when a club seems to have no semblance of an on-field identity and one of the few highlights of the season is seeing an out of condition former hero return to the club then alarm bells should be ringing.

Hence why if Brisbane manages to sneak into the top six it will just be paper over the cracks for the club.

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Now it would be truly amazing if Aloisi were able to carve an unlikely finals run out of this season and if that were to happen then it should be celebrated.

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However that scenario is just a wild ambition at this stage of the season and the club should already be starting to right the wrongs of this season for the benefit of next season’s tilt.

Perhaps Aloisi’s post-match comments regarding next season’s marquee man Eric Bautheac paint an unintended general representation of the entire season for the club moving forward.

“He’s had a difficult time in his first season because of his arrival being late and then his injury but he’s only going to get better and better,” he said.

“We will see probably the best Eric next season.”

Here’s hoping we see the best Brisbane Roar as well next season.

Feature photo: BRFC photographer Paul Smith

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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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