Holman: Nothing holding us back

01 February 2018 05:04:38 EST

Brett Holman is happy that Brisbane Roar have quickly moved on from last week's Asian Champions League embarrassment.

The Australia international says the way the Roar rebounded at the weekend, when the won 2-1 away at Central Coast, shows they're still well in contention for the A-League Finals Series.

John Aloisi's side were dumped out of the ACL in their qualifier against Filipino side Ceres-Negros last week, going down 3-2 in front of their own fans.

It was arguably the lowest moment in the club's 13-year history, but they didn't let it affect them in Gosford as they chalked up a victory that put them back in the top six.

They're far from secure in that spot as Western Sydney, who are level on points with them, have a game hand.

And it's only the second time all season the Roar have climbed into the Finals Series places, but Holman says the table is very tight and if they can put a decent run of results together they could build up a cushion inside the top six.

Had they lost to Central Coast, Aloisi's side would have stayed next to bottom in the table but their success saw them shoot up three places to lead a pack of three teams all on 19 points - Perth Glory are the others.

Marquee midfielder Holman said: "Everybody can see how quick it can turn; you string a couple of wins together and you're back in it. It's up to us now to keep that form and not just make it a couple of nice games - we carry on now and start beating everybody.

"We're still in it, and everybody's back pretty much, so we have to give it a proper shake now. There's nothing to hold us back and no excuses."

Brisbane are 2/1 to beat Melbourne City, who are 11/8, with the draw 12/5.

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