Fowler remains positive despite Roar’s defeat

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Despite a 1-0 loss Robbie Fowler says he feels positive about his side’s trajectory after it took Adelaide United’s Riley McGree 84 minutes to breach Brisbane Roar’s ‘wall’.

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The Roar missed out on an opportunity to enter the top six due to the loss but Fowler remained positive.

’’It’s been the story of our season so far, it really has and it can’t keep happening,” he said.

’’We do a lot of work in all aspects of football but if you keep missing chances like the chances that we’ve had, it makes football matches a little bit harder.”

Fowler believes the team has the quality to start scoring goals and push up the A-League ladder, regardless of having not won a game.

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’’The positives are we are creating chances against a very good team who tried to make it really difficult against us,” he said.

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’’I think the formation, the shape and the way we moved the ball will make teams shut up shop and let us play.

’’There will always be positives and the positives far out way the negatives at the moment.’’

Adelaide coach Gerjan Verbeek was less than impressed with Brisbane’s attack, referring to them as a ‘wall’ on numerous occasions.

’’Sometimes they were stood on the 16 (yard box) and their striker was sometimes behind the circle,” he said.

’’It’s hard and I knew that it would be a hard game but it’s also a lesson. For instance, we have a lot of young players, who will learn from playing this style of game.”

Verbeek also commented on how defensive the A-League has been this season with the teams at the top of the league conceding very few goals.

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’’I’ve seen already a lot of games in the A-League now and the ones who have the most points, except for Melbourne city, they play defence football,” he said.

On the other hand, Fowler believes his perceived defensive style is the way forward for  Roar, who take on league leader’s Melbourne City next weekend.

He said there was a big difference between where the side was last year compared to now

’Brisbane conceded 71 goals last year and we won’t be conceding 71 goals this year. I can guarantee you that,” he said.

’’We will do a lot of video work with the lads this week and pick them up.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar

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