Brisbane pass the eye test, but where are the wins?

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Sunday’s fixture against Wellington Phoenix brought much of the same from Brisbane Roar.

Much like round one against Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane more than looked the part but didn’t have the results to match.

It begs the question. How do they only have two points from what should have been, on paper, some of their easiest matches this season?

Adam Taggart is perhaps too easy a scapegoat.

It’s true he’s been below expectation thus far, managing only two of nine shots on target this season.

He was barely involved against Wellington too, with Phoenix manager Mark Rudan’s choice to employ three centre backs doing much to stifle Taggart’s opportunities.

This was acknowledged by Roar manager John Aloisi, “It was a difficult night because we haven’t really played against a team that plays five at the back that defends so deep. We found it hard to penetrate them.”

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Brisbane’s self-acknowledged inability to adapt to Wellington’s game plan could ultimately be what cost them the three points.

Much of the blame for this inflexibility would fall at Aloisi’s feet, his rigid tactical plan often the subject of criticism amongst media and fans.

This was blatant over the course of the match, Brisbane making little in the way of tactical tweaks to combat Wellington’s solidness.

While dropping easy points is never ideal, there are still positives for Brisbane to take from the opening two rounds.

Alex Lopez has been as good- if not better- than anyone could have expected.

His ability to dictate tempo, carry the ball and launch killer long passes has given Brisbane’s midfield an attacking dynamism it would otherwise be sorely lacking.

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Eric Bautheac’s individual on-ball brilliance has also been a spectacle: the Frenchman at times making opposition defenders look amateur.

Though regretting the draw, Aloisi believes it’s only a matter of time until Brisbane make good on their attacking potential.

“The disappointing thing is we felt like we should have got another three points tonigh. We’re going to be a great side going forward, it doesn’t show yet, but we’ll get there.”

With two winnable away fixtures up next, the Roar will need to begin to bank up some early points if Aloisi is to be proved correct.

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Ben Paynter
Ben Paynter
Loves Brisbane. Loves a pint. Loves a 'Kevin Muscat Bad Tackle' YouTube compilation.

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