Domination for nothing if chances aren’t taken says Aloisi

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The Brisbane Roar were left frustrated at their inability to convert from their flurry of late chances and their lacklustre finishing meant they shared the spoils with the Newcastle Jets after a 2-2 draw.

An exciting first 20 minutes saw Brisbane fall behind after initially taking the lead only to grab a deserved equaliser in the second half at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

But they really should have taken all three points on the final whistle.

Head coach John Aloisi said that while the build-up was pleasing it meant nothing if his team couldn’t find the back of the net.

“I think when we’re getting into those areas we have to do a little bit better,” he said.

“We’re getting in behind them and we’re not picking out a player as much as we would like to get those tap-ins.

“We got into some really, really good areas and that’s good lead up play but then there’s that final bit.”

Aloisi believed the pressure of trying to get a result from a goal down affected his players in front of goal.

“Sometimes when you’re chasing a game you start to snatch a little bit,” he said.

“You can’t afford to make those errors at the back because then you’re chasing the game and players start to get on edge.

”They need to stay calm in those areas at the end of the game.”

While they led early on through top scorer Jamie Maclaren’s penalty, the Roar allowed their opponents to respond too easily and within 15 minutes of their opener the Jets were ahead.

Aloisi didn’t think complacency was the cause.

“I wouldn’t say we slackened off,” he said.

“I’d say that we committed two bad mistakes at the back and then after that you take a while to get back into it because it’s a bit of a shock to you.

“Lesson is you can’t keep on making mistakes and expect to get away with it.”

After piling on pressure in the second half Brisbane got their equaliser on the 70 minute mark to draw level after Jade North’s cross deflected in off Enver Alivodic.

Aloisi said he felt his side deserved more.

“We did get back into the game by the way we were playing and opening them up,” he said.

“In the second half they couldn’t really get near us and we created a number of opportunities.

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“But we only get one point out of it which is the disappointing part of it.

Brisbane use that point to sit above Western Sydney Wanderers at the top of the table but their title rivals will have a chance to respond Sunday afternoon against the Wellington Phoenix.

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