Aloisi not taking top spot for granted

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Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi will not allow his side to become complacent after they beat Perth Glory 2-1 to make top spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder their own.

Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Henrique handed the Roar their fourth victory in a row in a game that went down to the wire at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Aloisi said there was “a lot of improving” his team still had to do despite Roar leading the rest of the pack to kick off 2016.

“We can feel we can get better. Today showed there’s still aspects of our game we need to improve on and we will,” he said.

“But it’s always good to win and keep on winning because confidence grows.”

Perth went into the game undefeated in their past four fixtures and Aloisi said a tough battle was expected in the build-up.

“It was a difficult game for us.

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We did dominate the possession but we did expect that. We knew it was going to be hard to break them down,” he said.

“They’re a side that’s on the up, feeling confident and they’ve got good experienced players.”

Although Brisbane controlled the possession, Glory were dangerous on the break and were very close to grabbing an equalizer following a late barrage.

“Where I think they were hurting us today is that when we did lose the ball in certain areas their first pass was going into a Diego Castro or a midfielder, then they were able to hurt us on the break,” Aloisi said.

“We could have dealt with that a little bit better and they had their opportunities.

“They made it difficult for us and they created some good chances.

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That Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young was awarded man of the match showed how tight things were and Aloisi praised his man between the sticks.

“At one-on-ones he’s one of the best in the league and the way we play, sometimes we might get caught in behind and it’s good to have someone who can save those one-on-one chances,” he said.

“I thought we needed him today and he stood up.”

Former Glory striker Maclaren grabbed a goal against his former club and Aloisi was proud of the maturity his young forward showed.

“It probably played a little bit in his head yesterday and that can drain you a little bit,” he said.

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“His goal was not only great from him but great build up play from all the players involved.”

The Roar will have their status as top dogs tested as they now face two tough away games against the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

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