Aloisi rates top-six hopes

06 February 2018 03:44:56 EST

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi is backing his side to still make the A-League Finals Series, despite a costly defeat at the weekend.

The Roar lost 2-1 at home to Melbourne City, continuing their poor form at Suncorp Stadium.

Aloisi's team have now lost six of their 10 games at home and they are in danger of falling off the pace even though they are still seventh.

To make the top six, they could need to make up a five-point gap to Western Sydney Wanderers, who beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 on Sunday.

Wanderers are two points above them and have a game in hand, which is at home to bottom side Wellington.

Brisbane have frustrated their home fans all season, starting when they exited the FFA Cup at the first time of asking when Melbourne Victory thrashed them 5-1. They also failed to make home advantage count last month when they went down 3-2 in their Asian Champions League qualifier against Philippines side Ceres-Negros.

Aloisi believes his side should have got at least a point out of the City game, but they were denied by the form of keeper Dean Bouzanis, who made seven saves including a late penalty stop to deny Massimo Maccarone an equaliser.

"If we perform like that, normally you win the football game," he said. "We are where we are. We're not making excuses.

"But we've still got plenty of points to go for and next week's another important game for us. We still believe we can make the six."

Brisbane have a short turnaround before Friday night's clash away to Melbourne Victory.

The Roar are 13/10 to finish in the top six and are 1/1 to win the Grand Final.

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