The game plan was simple for Brisbane Roar: pounce on a Melbourne Victory turnover and launch a quick counter attack. This strategy worked to perfection as John Aloisi’s side claimed a vital 2-1 away win.

Victory’s hesitant build up play in possession left the home fans extremely frustrated by their team’s performance and a chorus of boos greeted the half time whistle as the visitors took a 2-0 lead into the break.

The speed at which Brisbane could go from one end of the pitch to the other left Victory in their wake as the Roar proved far more clinical to score from two counter attack opportunities. Superb finishes by Massimo Maccarone and Brett Holman capped off well-orchestrated and direct attacking moves that Victory simply couldn’t replicate as Brisbane were regularly on the front foot.

Embed from Getty Images

Holman was once again influential for the Roar and coach John Aloisi was rapt to see the former Socceroo finding his best form.

“All I can say is that Brett just wants to make up for lost time,” said Aloisi.

“He was disappointed that he ended up getting injured in pre-season and then injured early in the season.

“He just wants to help the club make finals and that’s his motivation and he’s shown over the last three or four weeks what he can do.

“We’re seeing I think the old Brett Holman. He can score goals set up goals, his work rate is phenomenal and he’s just got a lot of quality.”

Aloisi praised Maccarone for his response following a few golden opportunities gone begging in his previous outing.

“He’s an intelligent footballer and a goal-scorer,” said Aloisi.

“He was disappointed last week because we felt that we deserved more out of the Melbourne City game.

“He missed the penalty but he missed about three other chances and he wanted to make up for it tonight and he definitely did that.

“You give him those opportunities, most of the time he’ll take them so it was good for him to get on the score sheet again.”

Victory improved in the second half by creating more chances to mount a small comeback, including a world-class strike from James Troisi to give the hosts a glimmer of hope.

Embed from Getty Images

Conversely Brisbane’s second half didn’t match their first, however they resolutely defended to restrict many clear-cut attempts against them. A disciplined and free-flowing approach is exactly what they need and shown they can make the finals with more of these performances consistently.

Feature image credit: Paul Smith

SHARE
Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.