Thijssen defends no substitute's call

Frans Thijssen claims Brisbane Roar haven't given up on qualifying for the A-League finals, despite suffering a damaging 1-0 defeat away to Melbourne City on Saturday night.

An early Jonatan Germano goal was the difference between the two teams at AAMI Park, the result sending John van 't Schip's men eight points clear in sixth place, with five matches remaining for the reigning champions, who are seventh.

The Roar's interim coach acknowledged the fact the odds are now stacked against his team, but insisted they will continue to fight until it's mathematically impossible for them to finish in the playoff places.

"It's a lot more difficult now," he said.

"Not so many games to go. It's still possible of course, we'll still go for it. As long as it's possible, you have to go for it."

Thijssen defended his decision not to make a substitution in Melbourne, claiming he left striker Andrija Kaluderovic on the bench because he had confidence the players on the field would find a way past the City backline.

"I thought we were so much on top, creating chances," he said.

"In the end we didn't get a goal. I was still hoping for a goal. We were the better team and got into the penalty area a lot.

"I think we deserved more than this, even in the first half I thought we were the better team and creating more chances. In the second half we were really on top."

The Dutchman praised the performance of Jade North, who - having only been named in the squad at late notice after recovering from a groin problem - was thrust into the starting XI when Jerome Polenz injured his quad during the warm-up.

 "It was a big risk for us to start with Jade North. He plays 90 minutes without any training in the last weeks. He did a great job, you see his experience and quality. He did a great job."



Well at least we have one positive out of that debacle: at least we have finally put to bed the decision on whether we are going for a new coach next season or not!
1:0 down in the absolute final chance game to get anything out of this season at all, injured players on the field, team playing 2 games per week for a month with more to come, specialist striker sitting on the bench, opposition used all subs by 56th minute so what do we do?


Coaching masterstroke. Pure genius. I'll grant him one thing - no-one saw THAT move coming.....

If Thijssen saw Roar creating chances than I must've watched a different game! All I saw is constant passing backwards and loosing possession well before City's box. Typical of Roar's style and frustrating to watch. Too late for Roar for the remainder of the season. Just pack up and go home. You need a major overhaul.