Aloisi’s blunt yet fair Roar assessment

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Brisbane Roar Coach John Aloisi didn’t beat around the bush when explaining his side’s demoralising 3-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.

“We didn’t perform in the first half, simple as that,” he stated following the result.

It came down to the wire for the Wanderers but the outfit looked cool, calm and collected as they booted Brisbane out of their spot in the top six, forcing Aloisi’s side into a must-win final round predicament.

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After enjoying a four game unbeaten streak which included impressive results against Sydney FC and Adelaide United, a lethargic Roar outfit took to ANZ Stadium and seemed to be backpedaling from the start.

Oriol Riera struck twice before the 15 minute mark and Christopher Ikonomidis rounded off the one-sided half with a 40th minute goal of his own.

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Aloisi admitted the early blitz rattled his side and knew from then on in it would a slippery slope.

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“We panicked a little bit in the first half because we conceded so early,” he said post match.

“The players started to chase the game instead we should still stick to our structures.

“We were too stretched in the first half and that gave them a lift as well.”

Brisbane were bolstered by the return of former Socceroo Bret Holman who began generating opportunities when he came on early in the second half.

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His presence proved too little to late however and Aloisi believes the decision to ease him into his first returning game from a groin injury was a necessity, despite the importance of the clash.

“It would have been a massive risk to start him,” Aloisi said.

“It was touch and go whether he would be alright for this game.

“He caused them problems, he should have scored at least one or two goals.”

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The result has big ramifications for the three teams trying to squeeze through the door into the top six.

The Wanderers must win against Adelaide next week, if they slip up then the winner of Brisbane and Perth Glory takes the spot, but a draw in any of these fixtures throws yet another spanner in the works.

For Aloisi the goal is clear and the result against the Wanderers has done little to deter his intentions.

“Nine weeks ago no one even thought we would even be close to challenging for the finals.” he said.

“Now we just have to make sure we recover from this game.

“Don’t make excuses, get just get on with it and go win in Perth.”

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.