Roar on bottom after Heart's 4-1 victory

Last updated 23:52 09/11/2012

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Reigning champions Brisbane Roar have slumped to the bottom of the A-League table on the back of a 4-1 thrashing which lifted Melbourne Heart into the top six.

Tonight's win at AAMI Park lifted the Heart off the bottom in emphatic style, leaving the Roar in last spot and on a three-match losing streak.

The home side led 1-0 at the break thanks to a 20th minute goal  from defender Patrick Gerhardt which capitalised on his side's  early dominance as they continually stripped the Roar of the ball  in their own half.

The momentum turned the Roar's way late in the first half as  they regained their composure and produced some nice passing chains  to cause the Heart some nervous moments.

They were unlucky not to level in the 40th minute.

A desperate Mitch Nichols did superbly to keep the ball from  going over the end line, knocking it back for Henrique to seemingly  score, only for it to be incorrectly awarded a goal kick.

Brisbane continued pressing early in the second half, before the  game turned decisively with the Heart scoring three times in 12  minutes.

The first of those came in the 62nd minute to former Socceroo  Richard Garcia, after some beautiful set-up work from Croatian  attacker Josip Tadic, who worked his way into the box then laid it  off for the Australian.Garcia returned the favour nine minutes later, winning a penalty  from a loose tackle by Matthew Jurman, with Tadic converting from  the spot.Substitute David Williams made it a four-goal lead within three  minutes, breaking free on a swift counterattack then ramming home a  curling right-footer.

Henrique bagged a consolation goal in the 82nd minute, the  Roar's first in three games.

But it would have done little to ease coach Rado Vidosic's  concerns over the way a side that built a record 36-match unbeaten  streak on the way to back-to-back championships during the past two  seasons was so soundly beaten.

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