Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi. Photo: AAP
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi. Photo: AAP

Aloisi tells Roar to lose their nerves

BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi believes his side need to move past the anxiety related to their winless streak if they are any chance of beating Melbourne Victory this Saturday.

The Roar are still without a win despite being five games into the season, making this weekend's showdown a crucial clash.

Speaking from the club's future home base in Logan, Aloisi said that in last week's 0-0 draw against the Mariners, he felt his side became "nervy and anxious" over the fact they hadn't won a game yet and, as a result, squandered their chances.


He said the key was to remain calm against Victory, who are also yet to notch up a win.

"We have enough experienced players that we should be able to overcome it," Aloisi said.

"I'm sure once you get that first win it ends up being a big relief for a lot of players. We have an important game on Saturday … they're in the same situation as us.

"They'll be anxious and wanting to get their first win. Victory are a big club like us. They want to be up there competing.

Luke DeVere. Photo: Liam Kidston.
Luke DeVere. Photo: Liam Kidston.

"As a coaching staff and as a club you can't panic. You just have to make sure you stick to what you believe in and that's what we do. I'm sure (Victory coach) Kevin Muscat is doing the same."

Roar's tough start to the season has been compounded by a number of injuries to star players, including Michael Theo (finger), Luke DeVere (knee) and Corey Brown (hamstring).

They will also be without defender Dane Ingham this weekend, after the teenager was called into New Zealand's side for their World Cup qualifying playoff against Peru.

Aloisi's best available replacement could be 20-year-old Connor O'Toole - who is yet to make his A-League debut - but the coach said it was too early for him to make his final decision.

Aloisi and vice-captain Jade North toured the club's developing state-of-the-art facility in Logan, ahead of their expected move to the multimillion-dollar base in January.

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