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Time for Roar star man to step up to the plate

Thomas Broich is struggling for form with the Brisbane Roar. Photo: AAP Image.
Thomas Broich is struggling for form with the Brisbane Roar. Photo: AAP Image.

BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi said he had no problems with his players overcoming "this little hurdle" after the second heavy defeat in as many games against Adelaide United on Friday night.

The 4-1 loss was the first at home this season admittedly, but coming on the back of a 4-0 thumping in Melbourne to the Victory the previous week shows the Roar is certainly not firing on all cylinders at the moment.

Some would point out that Aloisi's team is sitting second on the A-League table and looks a certainty to make the playoffs.

But if both Melbourne City and Sydney win their games to finish the round, the Roar could find itself in fourth spot and the Roar coach will certainly have some questions to answer then.

One of the questions he might get asked is what has happened to marquee man Thomas Broich.

The German has never been a prolific goalscorer - he has hit the net 17 times in 139 games for the Roar, and none this season.

But what you could rely on from Broich was having some influence on the game with dynamic runs and defence-splitting passes.

He was always someone who made a lot of goals for others, but this season he has only five assists in 16 games.

Broich is now 34, and if the Roar is to continue to push for a shot at a fourth A-League crown then he certainly needs to up his game.

Other senior players need to step up too, with the likes of Matt McKay, Corona and Michael Theo all off their game against the Reds.

Brisbane has been weakened for those two big defeats with Brandon Borello, Jamie Maclaren and James Donachie on Olyroos duty, but it should not rely on youngsters such as those three to get the job done.

The writing has been on the wall since the turn of the year with a 0-0 draw against Wellington and a lucky win over Perth preceding the last two defeats.

Aloisi's team selection has also been questioned with Spanish midfielder Javier Hervas starting on the right side rather than his preferred left, and Theo replacing the unfortunate Jamie Young in goal for Friday's night's loss.

Theo has been out for most of the season through injury, while Young has been one of the stars.

The veteran keeper looked nervous against Adelaide and you have to wonder why Young got the chop after such a decent campaign.

Yes, the Roar is still in a strong position, but Aloisi cannot let things snowball as his team might then get on a slippery slope which it will find hard to climb back up.

There are reports that Socceroos Tommy Oar might be considering a move back to his former club after leaving English Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

Oar would certainly take some of the pressure off the likes of Broich and Corona and could provide the spark the team needs to get its campaign back on track.

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