Darren Davies issues the orders at Roar training. (AAP image, John Gass)
Darren Davies issues the orders at Roar training. (AAP image, John Gass)

Roar on brink of record low

ANOTHER brave loss will be unacceptable for interim Brisbane Roar coach Darren Davies, whose team is desperate to avoid a history-making A-League defeat against Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Roar have never lost six successive A-League matches.

Their current losing streak equals the number of consecutive defeats suffered by Ange Postecoglou's all-conquering team in 2011.

That string of losses came after the Roar had set an Australian professional sporting record for the longest stretch of undefeated games with 36.

Postecoglou's star-studded side recovered from that barren spell to win a second consecutive championship.

A title this season is beyond the besieged Roar's wildest dreams, but anything - even a draw - is badly needed on Wednesday night to stop the rot that also claimed the club's longest-serving coach John Aloisi, who resigned last Friday.

"I'm aware that we've lost a number of games consecutively ¬ in the initial process we need to turn that around," said Davies, whose first game in charge was Saturday's 2-1 loss to Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium.

Interim coach Darren Davies instructs his men. Pic: AAP
Interim coach Darren Davies instructs his men. Pic: AAP

The Roar deserved a least a draw from the match, with striker Adam Taggart missing a late penalty that would have secured the visitors a point.

"It was a reaction yes … but we lost," Davies said.

"We'll be doing our utmost to win the game (tonight)."

Davies tipped Taggart - who has scored six goals this season - to bounce back against the Jets, where he won the Golden Boot in season 2013-14.

"The best players in the world all miss penalties. He'll score the next one, and that's part and parcel of being a striker," he said.

Key pair Avraam Papadopoulos (hip) and Stefan Mauk (groin) remain on the injured.

With defender Papadopoulos and suspended centre-back Daniel Bowles out, 19-year-old Aaron Reardon is tipped to make his A-League debut as Jacob Pepper's central defensive partner.

Despite the Roar's thinning defensive stocks, 29-year-old former Socceroo Luke DeVere ¬ yet to play this season - remains on the selection outer.

Danish winger Tobias Mikkelsen has been axed, but countryman Thomas Kristensen has been recalled to an extended squad - from which two more will be cut - that also includes ex-Victory defender Stefan Nigro, attacker Dylan Wenzel-Halls and youth team midfielder Jay Barnett.

News Corp Australia


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