A-League mid-season report card: Brisbane Roar

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We are at the halfway mark of the 2020/21 A-League season, that means it is time The Football Sack takes a look at the performance of the Brisbane Roar.

Semester summary

A positive start to the season has quickly turned ugly for the men in orange as they desperately search for an answer to correct recent poor form.

The Roar looked like the team to beat early on in the 2020/21 A-League season with four wins from their opening five matches.

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Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe was the new home for Brisbane Roar and it was being treated to some outstanding football including a 5-2 victory against Melbourne Victory in early February.

However, since this match the Roar have hit the brakes on their season and not won a single game for almost two months, scoring a total of three goals in that time.

A hamstring injury to veteran striker Scott McDonald had a massive impact on a side which was gelling well offensively at the start of the season.

 

Areas of excellence

One standout feature of Brisbane Roar’s game which worked extremely well for them at the start of the season was their high tempo style of play.

Opposition teams struggled to control possession as the Roar would press frantically when required which helped them dominate in the final third of the field.

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The victories early in the season against Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United were impressive and it looked as though the once powerful Roar juggernaut was potentially returning to its former glory.

While this high tempo play is still evident in their more recent encounters, we are missing the attractive brand of football in the final third that saw them deliver plenty of goals early on.

 

Areas in need of improvement

In the last two months Brisbane Roar have returned to the being side from a couple years ago.

They are not clinical enough and have struggled to put the ball into the back of the net in recent weeks which could really hurt their chances to make finals in what is a very even competition.

Since their 5-2 win against Melbourne Victory in early February, the Roar have scored only three goals but have had 108 total shots with 35 of those on target.

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With the amount of goalscoring chances they create each week the Roar should be netting two or three goals a game.

Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon has remained positive about his team’s performances despite not scoring goals but would be hoping that their luck changes in the coming weeks.

 

Top student

Brisbane Roar might not be impressed with their current position on the A-League ladder, but they will know that they can bounce back into finals contention if Dylan Wenzel-Halls can regain his confidence.

The 23-year-old striker is leading the goalscoring tally for his side with six goals in 12 matches which puts him into equal fourth place in the golden boot race this season.

Both Roar fans and football fans in general will be hoping that Wenzel-Halls can continue his development into one of the premier strikers in the A-League.

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Class clown

The experienced Japanese attacker Masato Kudo is yet to score in the A-League since signing with the Roar before the season commenced.

The 30-year-old scored a record 92 goals across 263 appearances for J-League club Kashiwa Reysol but has spent the majority of his time on the bench for the Roar.

In a side that is struggling for goals, international players like Masato Kudo need to be able to deliver for their team.

In some matches Roar coach Warren Moon has even elected to go with young striker Golgol Mebrahtu ahead of Kudo in light on Scott McDonald’s recent injury woes.

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Grade

C

Outlook

The next month of football will be vital for Brisbane Roar and it will tell us whether this side really has improved into the finals threat that many people predicted they’d be.

At this stage their good start to the season is the only thing preventing them from slipping out of contention altogether.

If we disregard their recent poor run of form, we observe a side in eighth place only a couple wins away from regaining a spot in the top six.

In a competition which is so close, it only takes a couple of good results to boost the confidence and turnaround the sides fortunes during the backend of the year.

Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar/Bradley Kanaris

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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