Taggart sees little difference since Aloisi departure

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The life of a football coach is rarely easy – John Aloisi’s resignation from the Brisbane Roar top spot late last year serving as no fresher reminder.

It’s unrealistic to expect interim head coach Darren Davies to change the under-performing Roar’s fortunes overnight – and despite his impressive coaching pedigree – it seems unlikely he’ll be the Roar’s permanent choice for head coach.

With suitors for the permanent role circling – ex-Roar defender Karl Dodd touted this week as a front-running candidate – and uncertainty over the time-frame Davies has in charge, it feels the matches he oversees are almost dead rubber, bearing little on the club’s long-term direction.

Though Davies has made some refreshing squad selections, handing numerous youth players game time the two matches he’s had in charge, many of the squad’s senior players feel their approach has barely changed since Aloisi’s resignation.

“It’s hard to say that anything’s changed, obviously a few more young boys have come in and probably helped lift the squad, I think. All of them have been really good so far,” said Roar’s leading scorer Adam Taggart.

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“The way we want to play is pretty much exactly the same.

“Obviously coming second bottom it gets to a point where there’s not much to lose so people start to play with a bit more freedom and that’s probably what everyone can see.

“But in terms of the way we want to play it’s probably similar.”

The Roar’s penchant for defensive mishaps and inefficient finishing – arguably their two biggest flaws this season – have persisted under Davies despite his efforts to re-invigorate the squad.

There have been marginal improvements – particularly in their scrappily-earned draw against Newcastle Jets.

Though the players are outwardly confident, it will be tough for the Roar to build on any progress they may have made, facing the high-flying Perth Glory with only a three-day turnaround.

“It’s a hard game for us, Perth are a very good team this season, but we play at home and I’m sure we can play well, and we can win,” said Roar’s start import Eric Bautheac.

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“It’s an open championship – everyone can beat everyone.”

These sentiments were echoed by Taggart.

“[It’s] a massive opportunity for us, Perth have everything to lose obviously being top of the league and performing really really well, and us obviously at the other end,” he said.

“So, I think it’s a good opportunity for all of us to really try and help kick on a good couple of team performances.”

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Ben Paynter
Ben Paynter
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