Aloisi confident against any opposition

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Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believed his side can handle anything thrown at them following their 3-0 victory over Adelaide at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

A brace from Brandon Borrello and a goal from Jamie Maclaren pushed Brisbane to second in the table and Aloisi said they earned all three points.

“First half I don’t think they caused us a huge deal of issues when they went forward and we created a number of good opportunities,” Aloisi said.

While Aloisi conceded Adelaide played well, he said they didn’t deserve to get anything out of a game that leaves them winless in their opening four fixtures.

“Look Adelaide are a good possession based side and there were times were we needed to be resilient defensively and we were,” he said.

“We were able to capitalise when we went forward because we knew it was going to be the case that Adelaide would have their spells in the game where they would dominate you a bit, they would do it to any team.

“We had to defend well and I thought on a number of occasions we did.”

Aloisi praised Jamie Young’s performance as the keeper made several important saves in the continued absence of Michael Theo.

“It also helps that you’ve got two good goalkeepers so if one’s not there you’ve got the other there to make important saves that helped us win the game,” he said.

Striker Brandon Borrello scored the opener as well as the third in extra time and Aloisi said he believed in the young attackers qualities from the start.

“I talked about him earlier this year and I said that he’s got goals in him, the runs he makes, his movement,” he said.

“Then when you’ve got players like Matt (McKay) Thomas (Broich) who can deliver that ball, if he keeps on persisting and making those runs he’s going to hurt oppositions.

“He’s quick but it wasn’t just his pace that hurt them tonight, it was the timing of his runs. For the last goal his timing was perfect.”

The Roar now travel to face Sydney FC next week and Aloisi said although he is prepared for a tough game, he has full confidence in his charges.

“We’re confident against any side in the league. We know that Sydney FC are a good side,” he said.

“Graham Arnold’s a good coach and I’m expecting some mind games from him as he normally will.

“But we just focus on what we have to do and improve each day, each game. We should be okay but it’s going to be a difficult game. Sydney is a good side, especially going there but we’ll try and take the game to them.”

It’s shaping to a be massive fixture.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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