‘Farcical’ Roar stunned by AFC minnows
ROAR coach John Aloisi refuses to resign despite his club's horror season hitting a new low on Tuesday night with a 3-2 AFC Champions League playoff loss to Filipino club Ceres-Negros.
Despite their poor A-League campaign, the Roar had been expected to account for the unfancied visitors at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre.
At the same stage of the tournament last year, the Roar thrashed another Filipino outfit, Global FC, 6-0.
But in front of just 1279 fans, it was Brisbane who were this time embarrassed by a club still in its pre-season.
Despite having received full support from the Roar board on more than one occasion this season, Aloisi is under increasing pressure after one of the most humiliating results in the club's history.
But Aloisi vowed not to fall on his own sword, saying if Roar officials wanted him gone, they would have to sack him.
"I won't walk away - I don't give up," a defiant Aloisi said.
"There'll be changes, that's for sure, changes within the football club and changes within our playing squad.
"If the people up above want something different and they don't think that I'm the man to take them forward, then they'll make that call, but I won't walk."
Aloisi said his players had to take responsibility for the result.
"Obviously they underestimated them (Ceres-Negros) - I know I didn't," he said.
"Even when we went 1-0 up the players must have thought they were going to cruise through that game."
Brisbane woke from an early slumber when they went ahead in the 35th minute through veteran striker Massimo Maccarone.
But if the Roar thought the floodgates were about to open, they were sadly mistaken.
Ceres-Negros equalised in the 43rd minute after Brisbane failed to clear a corner. Spaniard Bienvenido Maranon capitalised to smash the ball in off the crossbar.
The visitors took a deserved lead in the 65th minute when Maranon scored his second of the night after being afforded too much space by a dozing Roar defence.
Worse was to follow for Brisbane in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari put the visitors 3-1 up after the Roar again failed to deal with a corner.
Substitute Eric Bautheac pulled one back for the Roar in the dying stages but there was to be no equaliser on a shocking night for the three-time A-League champions.
The shambolic evening was perhaps best summed up when Bautheac was stuck on the sidelines for more than five minutes because a second No.22 jersey could not be found after the numbers peeled off the back of his shirt.
Aloisi could not explain why there wasn't another No.22 jersey available.
"I don't know. I don't do the jerseys. Do you want me to do everything?" he said.