ROAR coach John Aloisi admitted his players were battling a losing mentality after Brisbane’s dreadful season continued in being beaten 1-0 by the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.
An 11th-minute Jason Hoffman goal was all the Jets needed as second-placed Newcastle cut the lead of Sydney FC – who play on Sunday against Adelaide United - to five points at top of the ladder.
It was not only Brisbane’s third straight loss but the third match in row in which they have failed to score a goal.
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Pressure continues to mount on Aloisi, with his side sitting second from bottom with just 13 points from 16 matches, nine of which have been losses.
And while the Brisbane boss tried to remain positive, he admitted his players’ lack of faith in their own ability to win matches was hurting the Roar.
“We still believe that we can make the finals,” Aloisi told Fox Sports.
“I know it doesn’t seem like we can because we’re a little bit far (away) at the moment, but we know that if we start winning football games it can change very quickly and the confidence comes back, the belief of winning football games comes back.
“The belief was there (against the Jets) in the football we played, but probably not just that belief in getting a result.”
Aloisi’s confidence in his own coaching ability remained strong.
“It’s difficult to take when you do lose but I’ve got a belief in what I do and what the team’s doing, and the club has a belief in what we’re trying to do at the football club,” he said.
“What I can do as a coach is make sure the players stay playing to our structures.”
The Jets took the lead with their first genuine attack of the contest and it was all too easy for the hosts.
Making the most of ordinary work from the Roar defence and a sweet flick by his Jets teammate Andrew Nabbout, Hoffman netted his third goal of the season.
If not for the work of goalkeeper Jamie Young, who was awarded man-of-the-match, the Roar would have trailed by more at half time.
He made strong saves to deny his former Brisbane teammate Dimitri Petratos and Nabbout before half-time, and was again needed seven minutes into the second half when he tipped a goal-bound Daniel Georgievski strike over the crossbar.
Desperate for an equaliser, the Roar finally started to create some chances, but Connor O’Toole and returning skipper Matt McKay were both wasteful, while a 71st-minute header from substitute Ivan Franjic was well saved by Jets goalkeeper Glen Moss.