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Nov 17, 2011

Roar only getting better: Theoklitos

Comparing Brisbane's A-League greatness with teams from the past has Roar glovesman Michael Theoklitos stumped - especially when they are from the 1930s and played rugby league.

But it seems no team will ever be in the Roar's class if Theoklitos' warning on Thursday is realised.

A-League champions Brisbane have the chance to equal the Australian club unbeaten record of 35 games set by the Eastern Suburbs rugby league team from 1936-37 when they travel to Newcastle on Saturday.

Theoklitos admitted it was hard to draw parallels between the achievements of the Roar and a 74-year-old NSWRL outfit.

But he knew one thing - it was still nothing to be sneezed at.

"In rugby league they don't have that many draws but still to go 34 games undefeated (in soccer) is a great run," he said on Thursday. "And hopefully it doesn't end any time soon."

Not if Theoklitos' ominous announcement to their A-League rivals comes true.

"I think we still have miles to improve on," he said.

"It's only six games into the season.

"In three or four months' time, I am sure we will go up another level."

The Roar face their sternest test yet in Newcastle where the Jets haven't dropped a game all season.

Indeed the Jets were the only team the defending champions did not beat in 2010-11.

But Theoklitos did not believe the Roar were vulnerable after enduring back-to-back frustrating draws.

"Everyone expects us to win every game when we go out there but for us it is about the performance," he said.

"And in those games (draws) our performances were quite good, especially on the weekend (1-1 draw with Wellington) when we created so many chances, we just didn't put them away.

"If we put a good performance in, it usually follows with a positive result.

"But it's a tough trip to Newcastle to get points.

"The crowd gets behind them, it's a big ground, it's windy - teams find that difficult."

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