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Coach Mike Mulvey is convinced Brisbane have finally turned the corner in a tumultuous season and are poised to launch a stoic defence of their A-League title.

The Roar's performance in their 0-0 draw with Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on Friday night - coupled with a 2-1 loss to Sydney FC and a 2-2 draw with Central Coast over the past two weeks - has been enough to convince Mulvey the Roar's premiership defence is on track.

"We have turned things around," said Mulvey, who took over from Ange Postecoglou's successor Rado Vidosic in December.

"We now have everyone rowing in the same direction and I think once we have that we can start striving for success. The next thing we need to work on is our methodology, our positioning, better movement and better control of the ball.

"I think we saw glimpses of that and I'm looking forward to the next five games.

"That point has kept us in there. It has kept us alive. Our performances are improving."

In driving wind and torrential rain, Brisbane were the only side to find the back of the net through Jade North in the 43rd minute but he was ruled offside.

"I didn't see it but Corey Brown who was our 16th man said it was definitely a goal, so that's disappointing," Mulvey said.

"But that's football and these things happen. We are not going to dwell on that, we are going to focus on the positives. It was a positive performance. We were much more cohesive. We created chances it just wasn't our night in front of goal."

Mulvey's counterpart Gary van Egmond said opposition teams would write off the Roar in the lead-up to the finals at their own peril.

"There were periods there when it looked like the Roar of old and there were parts when they were a little bit disjointed," van Egmond said.

"But they are going to be difficult to keep out of the finals."


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