Second-half display gets Aloisi tick
John Aloisi has praised the spirit of his Brisbane Roar side, as they look to put a disappointing start to the season behind them.
The Roar have yet to pick up a point after three games, and are bottom of the A-League table.
They will seek to turn that form around when they travel to take on a Wellington side who have also yet to win this season.
Aloisi feels Brisbane were unlucky not to get something from their 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.
He feels the performance in the second-half is evidence that there is great quality in his team.
"Our performance in the second-half was brilliant, we thoroughly deserved something out of that game," said Aloisi. "In the second-half, when we were dominating, which is when you can get caught out by a good side - which they are - we did well.
"We restricted their opportunities, kept on pressuring them and created opportunities. We just didn't get the result we wanted."
Aloisi was encouraged by new signing Eric Bautheac's debut on the left wing, saying the Frenchman adds competition to the squad.
They go to Westpac Stadium to take on a Phoenix side who have lost their last two games on the road, to Sydney FC and Melbourne City.
The Roar coach said he remained positive, and felt the fans would be proud of what they'd seen from the team in the second half against Newcastle
"The players could have just said that everything was going against them, but they didn't and they hung in there," he added. "I know they'll (the fans) be right behind us and we definitely have the quality to turn it around."
Brisbane are 80/1 to win the Grand Final.
The Roar are 11/5 to beat Wellington, who are 6/5 with the draw 13/5.
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