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Brisbane Roar unlikely A-League leaders

  • Brisbane Roar unlikely A-League leaders

Crisis? What crisis?

Brisbane Roar were supposed to be the A-League's basketcase club, shunned by their fans after a disastrous off-season and on a hiding to nothing under unfancied coach John Aloisi.

Yet after two rounds, they are the only team in the competition with a perfect record and sit clear on top of the A-League ladder, ahead of title favourites Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

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A healthy crowd of 14,471 - the biggest at Suncorp Stadium for an A-League clash for nearly a year - saw the Roar outplay Central Coast in a 2-1 win on Sunday that suggests there's still plenty of life left in the three-time champions.

The banner unfurled pre-match by the Roar's main supporter group The Den said it all: `Beware the wounded beast. Ignore us at your peril'.

"I hope the supporters realise what we're trying to do at this football club," said Aloisi.

"We know a lot of bridges had been burnt, but the club is theirs.

"That's why it's important we play for them.

"We're happy with the way we're progressing but we know we can progress more. There's a lot still to work on, on and off the pitch."

With the likes of Henrique, Jean Carlos Solorzano, James Donachie, Luke DeVere and Spanish recruit Javier Hervas still to come back into the side, it would take a brave man to write off Brisbane.

In fact, they'd be sitting even prettier were it not for last-gasp goals that stole maiden wins this season for both Sydney and Victory.

Skipper Alex Brosque was the hero for the Sky Blues, scoring in the final minute of regulation time to edge an improved Newcastle 1-0.

Then in the Melbourne Derby, it was Besart Berisha who struck at the death to seal a 3-2 win and deny Melbourne City, who came from two goals down to draw level but eventually ran out of steam.

There were better signs from City but close enough is no longer good enough and coach John van `t Schip will soon start feeling the pressure if he can't match heightened expectations.

Down south, Adelaide United are still looking for their first goal of the season - at least from one of their own players.

An own goal from Western Sydney midfielder Andreu put them ahead on Friday night, only for the Spaniard to score the equaliser in a frustrating 1-1 draw.

With the Sydney derby looming large next week, there's precious little time for the Wanderers to iron out the creases in their game, while the Reds are also struggling to rediscover their spark.

Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix claimed honours in world football's longest-distance club derby, with a late strike from Vince Lia earning them a 2-1 win over a 10-man Perth Glory on Sunday.

Despite all the hype surrounding their foreign signings, the Glory have sunk to bottom of the table - the only A-League side to have copped back-to-back losses in the first two rounds.

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