Thomas Kristensen of the Brisbane Roar heads the ball.
Thomas Kristensen of the Brisbane Roar heads the ball. DAN PELED

Roar star keen to turn tide after three straight losses

FOOTBALL: Thomas Kristensen says Brisbane Roar players have not given up on shaking it up at the top of the A-League despite a run of three straight defeats.

The Danish international midfielder, who signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, said while the poor run of form was not good, he was still optimistic about the rest of the season ahead of what looms as a must-win game in Wellington against the Phoenix on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old said it was not all gloom and doom despite contract talks seemingly taking centre stage at the club at the moment.

"I wouldn't say desperation. We're still up there,” Kristensen said.

"Of course, there's two teams who have done really well, but otherwise it's pretty close.

"The mood is a little bit down when you lose three in a row, but in terms of performance we've been doing well.

"We played the two top teams away and I think we gave them a hell of a fight in both games, but at the end of the day, we have zero points from three games and we'd rather have nine.”

The Roar's 3-2 loss to second-placed Melbourne Victory last week has left John Aloisi's men 16 points behind unbeaten leader Sydney FC.

Brisbane has not won in more than three years at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, and a defeat there could leave the Roar with only the AFC Champions League to look forward to.

Brisbane is due to face either Filipino club Global FC or Singapore's Tampines Rovers in an AFC Champions League qualifier at Suncorp Stadium on January 31.

The Roar is a huge favourite to beat either team and, if successful, it will have to face Carlos Tevez's new club Shanghai Shenhua in China in a playoff to reach the group stages.

That match that would sit between crucial A-League clashes with Sydney FC (home) and Melbourne City (away), but Kristensen said the players just have to get on with it.

"We have to get used to it, that's the way it is. The next couple of months is going to be tough,” he said.



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