Brisbane’s start one of the worst in A-League history

Brisbane Roar are in somewhat unchartered waters after suffering their third straight defeat to start the 2017-18 season, another 2-1 defeat at home, this time to the rejuvenated Newcastle Jets. Nigel Boogaard’s own goal cancelled out Roy O’Donovan’s opener, but it was a former Roar man Dimitri Petratos who gave the Jets the lead moments after it was taken away from them. Brisbane 0-3 this season, but it’s not the first time this has happened.

North Queensland Fury 2009-10
It took five seasons and 11 clubs for a team to lose their first three matches to a season and for North Queensland Fury it was their first three competitive matches. Coincidentally it was a John Aloisi double that helped Sydney FC to a 3-2 win in the opening round of the season, then Shane Smeltz scored four in a 5-0 win for Gold Coast United, then Archie Thompson score the only goal in a loss to Melbourne Victory. It took six matches for Fury to win their first match of the season and they finished the season in seventh position.

Brisbane Roar 2014-15
Brisbane Roar finished the 2013-14 season lifting the toilet seat for a third time in four years. Three matches into the 2014-15 season they were 0-3 and about to sack championship winning coach Mike Mulvey. Bruce Djite and an own goal by James Donachie meant Brisbane lost 2-1 to Adelaide in Round 1. Andy Keogh scored a hat-trick as Perth beat the defending champions 3-2, before Marc Janko scored a worldie in a 2-0 loss to Sydney FC. The Roar won their rescheduled Round 4 match against Western Sydney (we’ll get to them later) but didn’t win until their fifth game of the season, a 4-0 win over Newcastle. Dutchman Frans Thijssen took charge of the team and took them to the finals, albeit at the expense Perth cheating the salary cap and being booted out of the finals.

Most A-League Own Goals

  • Andrew Durante (six)
  • Nigel Boogaad (five)
  • Rodrigo Vargas (four)

Western Sydney Wanderers 2014-15
Juggling the beginning of the 2014-15 season with their winning Asian Champions League campaign the runners up to the 2013-14 Grand Final also found themselves with three losses to start the season. They began the season with a 4-1 loss to Melbourne Victory, a 3-2 loss to Sydney FC, and a 1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix. The Wanderers won the ACL but finished ninth on the ladder.

Wellington Phoenix 2016-17
All seems well for Ernie Merrick at the moment, but turn the calendar back to this time last season and his Wellington Phoenix were 0-3. They loss 1-0 at home to Melbourne City and Sydney FC, and loss 2-0 to Perth Glory. They also lost their fourth match of the season, a 6-1 thumping against Melbourne Victory. They had to wait until Round 5 to get their first win, 2-0 against Newcastle and finished in seventh place.

Brisbane Roar 2017-18
Brisbane started the season with a 2-0 loss to Melbourne City before blowing a late lead to lose 2-1 to Adelaide last week and losing to Newcastle in Round 3. Only one team has made the finals after losing their first three matches, that was Brisbane four seasons ago. Can they do it again in 2017-18?

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