Roar player Brett Holman (in orange) says Brisbane can still make the A-League finals
Roar player Brett Holman (in orange) says Brisbane can still make the A-League finals DAVE HUNT

Holman won't give up on the luckless Roar

FORMER Socceroo Brett Holman is not giving up on the A-League finals just yet despite Brisbane Roar's winless start to the season.

Holman, who scored the late equaliser in the Roar's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory last week, said he was confident things would turnaround for the bottom team and a win over Melbourne City on Friday would be the catalyst for a better run.

Asked if it was time to reassess after six games without a victory, the attacking midfielder said: "Not at the moment, just because we believe in what the coaches are doing.

"If you see what we're doing at training... it works. It's just obviously putting that out there on the weekend.

"We've had a slow start, results haven't been like we would like them to have been.

"(But) I think you can see that, especially after going goals down in the last couple of games, that we're still fighting.”

The Roar should regain Jade North (virus) and Fahid Ben Khalfallah (groin) after the pair were late withdrawals from the game against Victory.

But Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen (hamstring) is at least another week away while new signing Ivan Franjic won't be risked.

Holman, who is yet to reach peak fitness after suffering a pre-season calf injury, hinted that he could remain on the bench for another week.

"You have to be super fit to be in this league and if you're not, you're always going to be second-best,” he said.

"I'm feeling good, with some of the injuries we have had it's being a lot more cautious now and not just worrying about the next game, but the next five games.”


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