Interim Roar coach looks for positives in devastating home loss

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It seems Brisbane Roar really can’t catch a break this season.

Up 2-0 at the half against Perth Glory, dominant in & out of possession, and looking to power through for a much-needed win.

The football gods had other plans it would seem, with a sending off and four Perth goals in the second half (three of those in the last ten minutes alone) giving Brisbane another disappointing result in a season which seemingly couldn’t get worse for them.

Interim Roar head coach Darren Davies, though disappointed with the result, looked to the positives from his squad’s first-half performance when reflecting on the game.

“First half I thought we were very good,” he said.

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“I thought out of possession we pressed them well, we pressed them high.

“Game changes in the second half obviously with the sending off, and we have to defend for 35 minutes with ten men.

“That was the story of the game.

“But let’s bottle that first half – the way we played with the ball, the way we were without the ball, the goals we scored.”

It was a tough match in particular for young centre back Aaron Reardon, making just his second senior appearance for Roar, subbed in during the second half.

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A promising debutant last round against Newcastle, Reardon was directly responsible for two of Perth’s goals at Suncorp – first conceding a Neill Kilkenny-finished penalty via a handball in the box, before minutes later conceding an unintentional own goal.

“Young Aaron Reardon, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and he’ll certainly learn from that,” said Davies.

“Obviously, I felt for him. But it’s no problem, the boys will rally around him.

“As I say, we’ve lost the game in the end, there’s the sending off, there’s penalties.

“But let’s bottle that first 45 minutes and move forward from there.”

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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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