Still time to turn Roar's season around, says Smith

Brisbane skipper Matt Smith is confident the under-pressure Roar can turn their season around and believes a victory is not too far off.

The 2013-2014 champions have lost all four matches of the new campaign and prop up the bottom of the A-League table.

“I see the quality of the players we’ve got and how hard we’re all working to try and be better,” Smith told FourFourTwo.

“I’m confident we will turn it around, no doubt about it, but it’s going to take hard work and focus on our jobs.”

The Roar went down 3-1 to Melbourne City last weekend, after the Victorian side took an early two-goal lead at Suncorp Stadium.

“We can’t make any excuses for the end result,” Smith said.

“We had great intent going into the game and even during it I always felt we were hungry to get back into the game. But you can’t concede the way we did and expect to get anything out of it.

“We appear to be dominating possession at the moment in most games but we can’t give teams a head start, especially at home, and give them confidence and expect to get away with it.

“It’s obviously not the position we wanted to be in. If I look back at the four games and performances we’ve played well at times and poor at times.

“We can’t change what has happened so far, we just have to focus on getting things right for Friday fight and beyond.”

Brisbane takes on Newcastle, also yet to register a win this season, at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

Smith added: “One of our keys to success last season was a good start, we haven’t had that, but we’re aware of the opportunity we have to still turn it around.

“There’s a long way to go and plenty of football to be played.

“We pride ourselves on performance and implementing the small one per cent things that collectively make a big difference.

“I don’t think we’re too far off and have confidence we can turn it around by having a more complete persistent performance.”

The Roar has lost Besart Berisha to Melbourne Victory and Ivan Franjic overseas from last season’s double-winning squad, while Michael Theo has been unavailable because of injury.

“The centre back says the loss of those players is not being used an excuse for the winless run.

“Those are some fantastic players who have had a massive impact on the club,” Smith said.

“I don’t think you can replace them, no two players will ever be the same. We have to bring in new players with similar capabilities to perform a role for the team.

“We’ve lost some great players over the years and the club’s done a good job of recruiting new players. We’re certainly not using that as an excuse for our poor start to the season.

“The dressing room is frustrated with the situation we’re in. But we’re all hungry and motivated collectively to kick start our season.

“We are a good group with some talented players. I see the lads working very hard in training in preparation and they are desperate to perform well.”

Liam Miller also left Brisbane recently by mutual consent and has signed a short-term deal with rivals Melbourne City. Smith was disappointed to see the Irishman depart.

“I’m extremely sad to see Liam leave the club, he is a good person and a player that I thought never got the accolades he deserved,” he said.

“He played a crucial role in our season last year and I expected the same this year.”

Roar teammates Shane Stefanutto and Jamie Young were caught up in a heated post-match argument on the field after the defeat to Melbourne City.

Smith, who has been with Brisbane since 2010, said the pair were both fine after the game.

“Shano and Youngy are two experienced players who are hungry for success and both hold high standards, as we all do,” he said.

“They were both fine afterwards.”

The defender credited the Roar’s fans for their loyalty.

“I know they are hurting, as well all are, but they didn’t stop singing throughout the entire night,” he said.