Holman: Fitness issues to blame for “second best” Brisbane Roar

Holman: Fitness issues to blame for “second best” Brisbane Roar

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Brett Holman believes that Brisbane Roar’s season will improve as key players in the team return to full fitness.

John Aloisi’s side are still yet to claim a win in 2017-18, now sitting bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw with the Victory on Saturday night.

Although Holman scored the equalising goal in that match, he has only played a full 90 minutes once so far this campaign, while Ben Khalfallah was unavailable and defender Luke DeVere also sits injured on the sidelines.

Pointing to an improved level of competition in the A-League, Holman claims that any weakness in their squad can be exposed at the moment.

“It was frustrating, just for the fact that I did the majority of the preseason,” he told reporters.

“We went down to Ballarat for that Melbourne game [and I] had a little calf strain which set me back – that’s the toughest part because you have to be super fit to be in this league.

“If your not fit, you’re always going to be second best.

“With some of the injuries we have had, it’s more about being precautions now  and worrying about not just this game, but the next five games.

“If you see the other teams and how their playing against each other, it’s a tough league, everybody knows that, other teams have recruited really well.

“We’ve had a slow start, results haven’t been how we would have liked…[but] we’re still excited and believe in what we’re doing everyday.”

Although the 33-year-old retired from the international stage with over 60 appearances for Australia to his name, he hopes the new generation of Socceroos can handle the pressure of World Cup qualification against Honduras on Wednesday night.

“It’s exciting, look at the results from all the European teams,” he added.

“[There’s] some big ones already going out – Chile’s not going, Italy’s not going.

“It’s a big thing – it’s the world game, everybody knows that.”

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