Five reasons Brisbane Roar are the most under-pressure A-League Men side

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While Brisbane Roar have only played two games this season, the pressure is already mounting for a number of reasons.

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  1. Goalless after two rounds

Having struggled to hit the back of the net last season, the Roar were spruiking their new-found goal-scoring credentials in the lead up to round one. The marquee signing of former Premier League striker Charlie Austin, as well as the additions of attacking weapons Carlo Armiento and Riku Danzaki, was supposed to breathe new life into Roar’s dour offense. So far, not so good.

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  1. Reliance on young talent

Coach Warren Moon lamented his side’s dependence on young players at the tail end of last season. Two rounds in and seemingly not much has changed.

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Brisbane are running the risk of leaving their younger stars, like Armiento and Courtney-Perkins among others, with too great a burden. Roar need their leaders to start carrying more of the load.

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  1. Suncorp spotlight gone

Brisbane’s triumphant return to Suncorp was fantastic for the fans, not so much the team. The Den was rocking once again, but the Roar didn’t give them much to cheer about with a goalless opening two contests on their end. Moreton Daily Stadium will now host all but one of Roar’s home games.

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Brisbane may rue not making the most of their return to the capital city.

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  1. 11th last year, 10th currently

While it is still premature to forecast ladder positions, Brisbane have not done much to improve on last season. Macarthur FC and Melbourne City were certainly difficult opposition in the first fortnight, but Brisbane still weren’t at their best in those games. Languishing near the bottom is not something this historically successful club wants to become familiar with.

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  1. Discontent

A culmination of off-field messiness, performance woes and Covid-19 interruptions has led to dissatisfaction amongst the fanbase.  Moon has been in the role since 2020, albeit in trying times, and the demand for on-field success led by the coach is only growing. Brisbane also announced its youth academy will no longer operate in a further blow to the club’s self-esteem. As with any club, consistent victories on the pitch will be sure to appease disgruntled supporters.

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Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan 

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Liam Cook
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