Roar running hot towards finals

Brisbane Roar head into the final four rounds of the Hyundai A-League with renewed confidence after doing what no side has managed for almost two seasons.

The Roar left Allianz Stadium on Saturday night with three points after early strikes from Matt McKay and Jacob Pepper earned an invaluable win over the defending champions.

All three goals in Saturday night’s 2-1 win came from set pieces – an area the Roar targeted to exploit earlier in the week.

“I thought that defensively we were really good and we believed that we could hurt them from set pieces,” Aloisi continued.

“You need good delivery and we have two players who can do that – Eric Bautheac and Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

“For the players on the end of the delivery, it’s all about the timing of the runs and making sure you know where the space is. The timing was good, as was the delivery and we could have had another from a set piece in the second half.”

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It was the Sky Blues’ first defeat in the Hyundai A-League at home in almost two years and is the latest indication of just how good this team can be.

Following a difficult start to the season plagued by injuries to key players, a Roar side who are enjoying playing alongside one another is an opposition no side wants to face in the run home.

“The last seven games, you’ve start to see that we really are a good team,” Aloisi said.

“Getting players back has been very important for us. We had a horrible pre-season and start to the season in terms of injuries. The boys never gave up believing in what we’re trying to do at this club.

“They fight together and that’s the mentality in the group. Most teams going through what we did at the start of the season would have just written it off.

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“We had to work hard to get it right, and we’ve started to do that. We need to continue the push towards finals now because we know we’re good enough to make finals.”

The Roar has now won five of the last seven Hyundai A-League matches and are right in midst of a battle for finals positions alongside Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United.

Attention now turns to Sunday’s away trip across the ditch against Wellington Phoenix.

“Our focus is on ourselves. We’re not looking at who we’ll catch – if we win our final four games – we’ll finish top six,” Aloisi concluded.

“This side want to make finals – we have winners who want to win. We have three more away games and hopefully we can win all of them.”