Aloisi urges Roar to keep fighting after Victory defeat

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With only one win in eight and pressure mounting, it’s safe to say things could be better in Brisbane Roar’s camp right now.

Brisbane’s performance in their 4-2 home loss to Melbourne Victory played to the same script as most of their previous showings – a talented team which persistently displays attacking brilliance, yet capitulate through a lack of concentration in key moments.

Throughout this tough stretch of results, Roar head coach John Aloisi has maintained his team have been consistently unlucky and that the wins will come eventually.

While it’s easy to agree with him to an extent, his almost cut-and-paste attitude game in, game out, must surely be running thin.

His response post-match was par for the course, keen to dispel the result as a product of poor refereeing and bad luck.

“I though 11v11 we were matching up with them, I thought we were good”, he said.

“Nothing was really going our way. Avram (Papadopoulos) wins the ball in the corner and the free kick goes against him – we all saw it.”

“I don’t think I need to explain why I was so angry, because it ruined the game.”

“They get a soft penalty, and you don’t need to make it harder for yourself by losing concentration just before a halftime on a corner.”

“The Victory are a good side, I think 11v11 we would have given them a good go. 11v10 it was going to be hard for us, especially when you’re not winning and you’re chasing the game.”

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Going against what is arguably this A-League season’s best squad, Brisbane already had their work cut out.

With Bautheac sent off in the 21st minute for a brainless challenge on Melbourne’s Corey Brown and a following scuffle, the fact Brisbane were able to temporarily bring the game within one goal was almost an achievement.

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The freak nature of the result may merit a free pass for the Queenslanders.

But if they are unable to get points on the board against Wellington next week however, Aloisi’s calls for patience may very well fall on fed-up, uninterested ears.

“We just need to keep fighting and make sure we turn things around and believe things will go our way.

“Against Adelaide we didn’t deserve to lose. Last week, the last half hour wasn’t great. Tonight, the first twenty minutes was very good.

“It will turn for us, it will turn for us. Keep playing like that, it’ll turn.

“We went on a run last year – seven out of ten games we won – we’ll go on another run like that. We just have to make sure that we pick ourselves up, we’re ready for Wellington, and we stick together.”

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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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