Aloisi welcomes 'distraction' of ACL

13 January 2018 20:34:39 GMTPlus11

Brisbane Roar must stay positive and look forward to the chance to earn an Asian Champions League spot, says coach John Aloisi.

Brisbane's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle Jets was their third in a row and leaves them next to bottom in the A-League.

Aloisi felt his team had deserved to get something out of the McDonald Jones Stadium clash.

And though results have been going against them, he feels it's now a good time to turn their season around.

The Roar coach is sure his team can still make the A-League finals, even though for the second half of the domestic campaign they may well have to contend with playing ACL games as well.

I think that it's a welcome distraction as well in terms of players looking forward to the Champions League.

John Aloisi

They first have a qualifier on 23rd January against an unknown opponent in the preliminary round.

"I think that it's a welcome distraction as well in terms of players looking forward to the Champions League," said Aloisi.

"We know it's a busy period in terms of games, but players that have been out will get a chance to play.

"We've seen in the past with teams that have struggled to start the season well that Champions League comes at a good time and gives them a boost, not only in the Champions League but the league as well."

The Roar, who are still just five points outside the top six, saw the return of key trio captain Matt McKay (suspension), defender Avram Papadopoulos (suspension) and substitute Ivan Franjic (injury) against Newcastle.

Brett Holman (injury), Corey Gameiro (injury), Corey Brown (sick) and Jade North (injury) are also closing in on a return to action.

"We hope to make a really big impact [in the second half of the season]," said Aloisi. "We still believe we can make finals. The players still believe we can make finals."

Meanwhile, defending champions Sydney FC are 3/4 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 10/3 with the draw 14/5.

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