Aloisi laments Melbourne City’s ‘anti-football’

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Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi was left frustrated by Melbourne City’s ‘anti-football’ tactics that allowed them to spoil his perfect home record this season.

Although Brisbane came from behind to rescue a point thanks to substitute Henrique’s goal, Aloisi wasn’t happy with the final 1-1 result.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get three points,” he said.

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“We know that we’ve got a side that can and should be able to beat anyone at home when we play well.”

Aloisi put his side’s inability to grab a second goal down to City’s negative game plan.

“It was a difficult night tonight because they came with a game plan to stop our rhythm and to stop us from playing,” he said.

“There was really only one team trying to play and go forward and play a certain style of football. It was disappointing. It breaks up the game.

“They got five yellow cards all for pretty cynical fouls. I was surprised that they played like that to be honest.

Aloisi said it was vital his team kept to their game plan despite the hardships they faced.

“We were catching them out but then it’s foul after foul to stop the game, slow down the game and get behind the ball,” he said.

“But credit to the boys, they kept on going. They stuck to our game plan, our structures and we’re still able to score that equaliser even though we gave away a goal.

“I was very pleased with the reaction of the players.

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It was a good test of character but I know these boys have got character.”

Henrique came off the bench to score his second goal in as many games as a substitute and Aloisi was proud of his contribution.

“A piece of brilliant play from Henrique and Thomas (Broich) got us out of it, they just kept going and didn’t want to give up.

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There was only one team trying to win the football game,” he said.

“The finish is not easy. It’s a great ball from Broich, it sets him up but we expect that from Henrique, we know what he’s capable of doing.”

Aloisi said the way City played on the night was damaging the reputation of the game in Australia.

“Look its anti-football. We’re trying to grow in this country and they go and play football like that, it’s disappointing.

“We’re trying to make sure the A-League is watched around the world, getting better crowds, better television viewers and it’s anti-football.”

Brisbane jumped to top of the table but second-placed Melbourne Victory have a game in hand over them and they don’t play again at Suncorp Stadium until after Christmas.

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