Roar striker Maclaren will only get better says Aloisi

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Since Jamie Maclaren returned from Olyroos duty he has pulled the Brisbane Roar out of their slump and onto the top of the A-League ladder.

Roar Head Coach John Aloisi believed he’s only going to ;after watching him grab another goal on Saturday afternoon in a dominant 4-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners following his brace the week before.

“I said it last week, Jamie still has a lot of improving to do,” he said.

“He’s going to get better and better.”

The Roar struggled in Maclaren’s absence and Aloisi was happy seeing him back in the side as he ran riot over Central Coast’s backline and fought hard to etch out chances.

“He should want more goals. He should be hungry to score goals,” he said.

“Not only that his movement was great but he also set up a few opportunities for his teammates.

“That’s great to see.”

With a host of Socceroos World Cup qualifying games on the horizon Aloisi believed it would be worth coach Ange Postecoglou taking a punt on his star man.

“I definitely think Ange will be watching him and I definitely think Ange will consider him,” he said.

“You look at all the other teams in the A-league; most of them are foreign. We haven’t really got any other Australian strikers in the A-League.

“He’s in double figures now, ten in 14 starts. He has a great strike rate. Definitely worth a gamble if Ange wants to because he’ll get you goals.”

Although the Mariners sit bottom of the Hyundai A-League table and are favourites for the wooden spoon, Aloisi was not going to take them lightly.

“They’ve made it difficult for teams to break them down and they’ve always got players they can hurt you going forward,” he said.

“We had to be patient because the first 10 or 15 minutes they were making it hard for us to break them down.

“Once we got the goal we started to open them up and it was a good performance.”

Central Coast started brightly and should have opened the scoring through Josh Bingham but their performance levels dropped considerably when Brisbane drew first blood through Jade North.

Aloisi said it was his side’s determination and “desperation” in defence that forced the Mariner’s players heads to drop on their way to a much needed win at home.

“They tried to press but we were good enough to outplay their press,” he said.

“When you outplay their press two, three, four times they’re going to stop pressing. We work on that, we work on all those things.

“We were prepared for whatever they did.”

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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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