Roar fall short

A brave Brisbane Roar have fallen short of backing up their big win in Adelaide as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss at home to Melbourne Victory tonight.

A brave Brisbane Roar have fallen short of backing up their big win in Adelaide as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss at home to Melbourne Victory tonight.

An eighth minute header from Archie Thompson was enough to seal the points for the visitors, who had to withstand a spirited second-half fight back to deny the Roar back-to-back wins in the Hyundai A-League.

Hero of the win in Adelaide Griffin McMaster wasted no time in picking up where he left off, pulling off a very good save after just four minutes after Kevin Muscat put Thompson through on goal.

A minute later Charlie Miller tested Mitchell Langerak-s reflexes with a snapshot from the edge of the area after David Dodd-s pass found its way through the legs of Sergio van Dijk.

However, Thompson put the visitors ahead on eight minutes, sneaking into the near post to guide a Carlos Hernandez free kick past McMaster.

Brisbane responded positively to the setback and came close soon after when a corner found its way to Matt McKay at the back post but the midfielder blazed his right-footed volley over the bar.

Andrew Packer pushed forward on 26 minutes and got on the end of a good move between Miller and van Dijk but Langerak covered his near post well and kept hold of the shot.

Two minutes later Dodd set Mitch Nichols away down the right but with the defence closing in and few team mates in support he was forced to go for goal and sent his low drive wide of the far post.

Melbourne nearly doubled their lead against the run of play five minutes from the break when Matthew Kemp-s low drive across goal fell to Evan Berger at the back post, but a strong hand from McMaster kept the ball out of the net.

Danny Tiatto revived memories of his wonder-goal against the Victory in round 2 with a thundering long range free kick in stoppage time, but the ball was central and Langerak was able to palm it away from danger.

Ange Postecoglou introduced Tommy Oar and Henrique after the break and it almost paid immediate dividends when the latter drew a foul on the right of the Victory penalty area.

McKay played a quick free kick to Miller, who toe-poked the ball towards the bottom right corner but Langerak scrambled across to tip it past the post.

Henrique was involved in the next effort on goal, collecting a van Dijk pass on the right and returning a cross to the Dutchman, who got plenty of power on the header but could only direct it at Langerak in the centre of the goal.

With time turning against the hosts Postecoglou looked to push numbers forward, introducing Josh McCloughan into a back three and pushing Franjic and Henrique into more attacking roles.

In the 73rd minute it looked as though the Roar had claimed the rewards as McCloughan headed Franjic-s corner into the net but the effort was ruled out for an alleged foul on the goalkeeper.

On 80 minutes van Dijk sent Henrique racing down the right and the diminutive Brazilian cut inside Muscat before curling a left-footed effort just past the far post.

Brisbane continued to push forward in the final minutes of the match, but with Melbourne stacking their defence the path to goal was well protected.

The task got harder on 89 minutes when Henrique was sent off for handling the ball to prevent Thompson receiving the ball with just the goalkeeper to beat.

McKay looked for a spectacular late equaliser with a well-struck long range volley but again the shot was too central and Melbourne escaped with the win.

Postecoglou struggled to contain his frustration after the match, declaring his side would have to show plenty of improvement if they were to sneak into the finals.

“I-m just hugely disappointed about the whole outcome today,” he said.

“I thought it was a great opportunity for us to make a statement and to kick on from where we were last game we played and we blew it.

“It-s about looking at ourselves and taking responsibility - all of us. It-s just not good enough.”

However, with plenty of games still to play, he indicated the team would give its all to keep its season alive.

“The foot will be on the pedal and we-ll be working hard to turn things around right up to the last game.”

Brisbane Roar's next match is against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday, kicking off at 6pm.

Brisbane Roar 0 Melbourne Victory 1 (Archie Thompson 8-)

Brisbane Roar: 20. Griffin McMaster (gk), 2. Andrew Packer (5. Josh McCloughan 68-), 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Craig Moore (c), 6. David Dodd, 9. Sergio van Dijk, 10. Charlie Miller, 15. Matt McKay, 17. Mitch Nichols (13. Henrique 46-), 18. Danny Tiatto (21. Tommy Oar 46-), 22. Ivan Franjic.

Unused substitutes: 30. Matt Acton (gk).

Yellow cards: Andrew Packer 38-, David Dodd 46-+2-.

Red cards: Henrique 89-.

Melbourne Victory 1. Mitchell Langerak (gk), 2. Kevin Muscat (c), 7. Matthew Kemp, 8. Grant Brebner, 10. Archie Thompson, 12. Rodrigo Vargas, 16. Carlos Hernandez (27. Sutee Suksomkit 69-), 19. Evan Berger, 21. Robbie Kruse (3. Mate Dugandzic 46-), 22. Nick Ward (6. Leigh Broxham 59-), 23. Adrian Leijer.

Unused substitutes: 20. Glen Moss (gk).

Yellow cards: Leigh Broxham 62-, Mitchell Langerak 81-, Mate Dugandzic 90-+1-, Matthew Kemp 90-+1-.

Red cards: nil.

Referee: Ben Williams.

Crowd: 9904 at Suncorp Stadium.