Brisbane drop three straight to start season


Brisbane Roar (0)
Sydney FC (2) Janko 28’, Dimitrijevic 54’
14,141 @ Lang Park, Brisbane

Brisbane: Young, Donachie, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Petratos, Brattan, Lustica, Henrique, Kurtishi, Broich.
Substitutions: Borrello for Lustica (63’), Solórzano for Kurtishi (68’), Miller for Henrique (78’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Hingert.
Yellow Cards: Lustica, Brattan.
Red Cards: Nil.

Sydney: Janjetovic, Bojic, Ryall, Ognenovski, Abbas, Dimitrijevic, Antonis, Ibini-Isei, Brosque, Gameiro, Janko.
Substitutions: Naumoff for Janko (78’), Gligor for Gameiro (89’).
Unused Substitutions: Necevski, Gersbach, Calver.
Yellow Cards: Ibini-Isei, Janjetovic.
Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar have started the season with a third straight loss after a 2-0 loss to Sydney FC last night. Long range efforts from Marc Janko and Milos Dimitrijevic saw the Sky Blues leave Brisbane with the points for the first time in seven years. The loss means that the defending champions are now in the middle of their worst starting the club history, with two weeks to turn it around before Melbourne City come to Brisbane.

The biggest problem or concern coming out of the game from a Brisbane perspective is the passing game and playing out of the back. It seemed like in the first half especially they were overplaying the playing out from the back stuff with mistakes creeping in due to Sydney’s co-ordinated defensive press. The first goal was pretty much as a result of that. Brisbane apparently had 590 passes last night, however when at least half of those are between the goalkeeper and the two centre backs that doesn’t really mean that much. With all those passes in the back three and Sydney’s high press it also resulted in a lot of aimless long balls up the park, something we haven’t seen very much of in the past from Brisbane. To be fair there were a few pieces of good play building up through the lines, but there was nowhere near enough of it last night.

There were also problems in the front half of the pitch too, with turnovers coming out of the midfield in addition to the wrong or more conservative option being taken. It also seemed that there weren’t enough runs being made in behind the defensive, particularly from the full-backs with Stefanutto and Donachie not getting forward anywhere near enough. All of that linked in to the fact Brisbane seemed to create very little last night, and im actually having a hard time remembering any real chances created aside of the set piece routine that saw Brattan have a shot from the edge of the box. Kurtishi struggled at home once again and he barely had a kick in the game either really, although I do think that Solórzano and to an extent Borrello looked lively when they came off the bench.

From Sydney’s perspective however it was a very impressive and disciplined display, with a compact defensive combined with some excellent defensive press. The way they squeezed the space on Brisbane forcing them backwards and into tight areas was very impressive. It was a scenario like that which caused the first goal with Smith and Stefanutto being pressured into playing back to Young whose clearing kick wasn’t the best. Fair play to Janko for the quality control and finish.

The second was also an impressive finish, however there was next to no pressure on Dimitrijevic’s shot. Brattan’s clearance was deflected by the shoulder of the referee and in truth he and Thomas Broich did put pressure on Antonis and another Sydney player, but I think it was Lustica who was standing there not pressuring anyone which allowed Dimitrijevic the time on the ball. As I mentioned it was a decent strike too, but you’d have to think that Young won’t be pleased with his part in the goal. Arnold admitted in the press last night that it was a deliberate tactic to exploit Jamie’s positioning after Djite did likewise in round 1. There’s definitely a lot of work to do in the lead-up to the City game.

Match Statistics:
via Fox Sports Football
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– Three straight losses to the season officially makes this the clubs worst start to an A-League campaign. Their previous worst was two draws and a loss in the first three rounds of the 2009-10 season.

– Continuing on the bad news theme, including the FFA Cup tie against Adelaide, Brisbane have now lost their last four games. The last time Brisbane had a four game losing streak was in the 2011-12 season when Brisbane lost five straight games on the back of their 36 game unbeaten run.

– Finally, that was Sydney’s first win at Lang Park since 2007, snapping what was a run of nine successive home games where Brisbane got at least a point – 8 wins, 1 draw-.

Up next:
Brisbane have got the weekend off next week thanks to Western Sydney’s commitments in the second leg of the AFC Champions League- a game which will be made up on Wednesday December 3. That means that Brisbane have 14 days from today –Saturday- to prepare for their next game which is against Melbourne City. In the meantime im sure there will be a lot of hard work on the training track, and there’s also a couple of National Youth League games for fringe players to make a case for inclusion- including this afternoon as Brisbane take on Adelaide. Kick-off is from 5.00pm at Goodwin Park, Yeronga for those interested.


One Comment on “Brisbane drop three straight to start season”

  1. Michael says:

    Excellent summary of the game. Arnolds tactics were spot on. Need a plan B if teams press like sydney did. Interested to see the starting 11 in two weeks, will be good to have mckay back. I know he gets some stick but I think we also missed miller last night. Trying to shoe-horn Dimi into midfield to accomodate Henrique didn’t work.

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