Roar confident of turning fortunes around

Head Coach John Aloisi is confident in his side’s ability to turnaround recent disappointing results in the coming weeks.

The Roar head across the ditch for the first time this season to face Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon at Westpac Stadium (4:35pm KO QLD time).

Aloisi’s side were unlucky to not take any points from Sunday’s home clash against the Jets, but says the performance in the second-half is evidence that there is great quality in this Brisbane side.

"Our performance in the second-half was brilliant, we thoroughly deserved something out of that game,” Aloisi said.

“In the second-half, when we were dominating, which is when you can get caught out by a good side – which they are – we did well.

“We restricted their opportunities, kept on pressuring them and created opportunities. We just didn’t get the result we wanted.”

Bautheac


There were positives to take away from last weekend's match such as the introduction of French winger Eric Bautheac (above) to the Hyundai A-League.

Bautheac, who arrived in Brisbane less than a week ago, started on the left wing for the Roar and gave the Brisbane faithful reason for optimism.

“He is going to be a good player for us, he’s still getting to know his teammates and learn a bit more English, but that will come with time,” Aloisi added.

“We have competition for places and that’s what we want."

Nineteen year-old midfielder Joe Caletti made his third succesive start and was the only teenager to start in the outfield across the Hyundai A-League in round three.

The performance of central defenders Avram Papadopoulos, Jade North and Luke DeVere also impressed Aloisi, as well as the input of full-back Jack Hingert who was brought on midway through the first half.

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“Papadopoulos was great, Luke DeVere has been good and Jade North is the sharpest I have seen him in my time in Brisbane,” Head Coach John Aloisi said.

The Roar will be searching for their first points of the season against the Phoenix on Saturday, but Aloisi says he and his players remain confident of turning their fortunes around and having a successful season.

“We’re disappointed we haven’t got the result we wanted in the opening rounds,” he said.

“We are going to be a good side. We have to remain positive. I am and I know the players were upbeat about our second-half.

“I know the fans will be proud of what they saw in the second half because the players could have just said that everything was going against them, but they didn’t and they hung in there.

“I know they’ll be right behind us and we definitely have the quality to turn it around.”