Fragile Roar annoys Ange

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou was largely upbeat after watching the Roar snap a four-match losing streak in Friday night's 1-1 draw with Newcastle, but the recently appointed mentor could not hide his frustrations over his side's fragility in defence.

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou was largely upbeat after watching the Roar snap a four-match losing streak in Friday night's 1-1 draw with Newcastle, but the recently appointed mentor could not hide his frustrations over his side's fragility in defence.

The Roar dominated the second half and had a bevy of chances to give Postecoglou his first win since taking over from Frank Farina on October 16.

Sergio van Dijk, Danny Tiatto and Tommy Oar all found themselves in dangerous positions after halftime and failed to finish clinically, but it was Brisbane's loose work in defence early on that Postecoglou found most upsetting.

Inform Jets attacker Labinot Haliti was able to head home his third goal in as many games after being allowed a free run at Michael Bridges' cross in the 32nd minute.

Postecoglou was unimpressed by his side's lack of desperation in a fixture that pitted eighth against ninth.

"We had three defenders and a goalkeeper against one player and he scored - it's just not good enough. We need to fix that up," Postecoglou said.

"That's our next task, to stop soft goals, which we spoke about before today."

"It was really disappointing tonight, because I thought if we were just a bit more desperate, I didn't seem them scoring."

The former Young Socceroos mentor was likewise frustrated by his charges' lack of polish up front.

"In the second half, we had possession, we dominated, we moved it okay - but in the final third we lacked a bit of creativity."

"Tommy Oar certainly got some good balls in, our other crosses weren't great. I thought we got frustrated."

"When you need to win so desperately (it can happen), at times we tried to force things down the centre when we didn't need to."

Nonetheless, Postecoglou remained upbeat about his side's prospects for the rest of the 2009/10 A-League season.

"It was a step in the right direction tonight, it was a draw, we stopped the run of defeats which is a positive."

"You can't fault the player's effort. They played the game right out and certainly worked hard enough."

"I look at our squad and when I think about the players we've got and the possibilities when we get everyone fit and ready, we can match anyone."

Tiatto pulled up sore but is expected to be fit for the Roar's trip to Adelaide, while Reinaldo (hamstring) and Charlier Miller (groin) could return against the Reds.

Newcastle coach Branko Culina lamented the fact his side was only able to protect their lead for four minutes.

"We're disappointed that we couldn't hold onto the lead for a little bit longer, at least until halftime," Culina said.

"We felt that they would have then had to change things and possibly panic a little bit, but we conceded too soon after taking the lead."