Young guns stepping up at perfect time for Roar

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John Aloisi promised he wouldn’t allow his Brisbane Roar side to get carried away after their 5-0 demolition of reigning champions Melbourne Victory. But nevertheless he couldn’t wipe the smile from his face.

After witnessing an almost complete performance from his team, it’s hard to blame him.

The Roar head coach was particularly delighted for his talented youngsters after they shone in a fixture he described as akin to a “finals game.”

“I spoke last week about our big players standing up in big games but our young boys did it again,” he said.

“We know from our experienced players we’re going to get big games from them but our younger boys are showing that they’re big game players as well.”

Jamie Maclaren stole the headlines, bagging a hat trick to take his season tally to 17 goals in 19 games, but Aloisi was also proud of the determination his young guns showed across the park.

“Brandon Borrello injured his shoulder before the game,” he said.

“He went out there and didn’t show that he was injured, he fought for us, worked hard and created problems for the opposition.

“Jack Hingert was outstanding again, his work rate is one of the best in the league the way he can get forward and then get back. He’s improving all the time.”

While Aloisi was eager to give credit to his entire unit, he stressed he wasn’t going to let his squad lose their heads after a second thrilling win in consecutive weeks.

“As a squad we’re improving,” he said.

“Again, we’ve got four games left, we haven’t won anything.

“I’ll make sure the boys won’t get carried away.”

While the final score line echoed Brisbane’s domination throughout the game, it didn’t look like it was heading in that direction after the opening 15 minutes.

Melbourne penned Brisbane deep into their own half and made it incredibly difficult for them to play it out, which is the same game plan the Victory utilised when they demolished the Roar by four goals in January.

Aloisi said his side were prepared this time around to ride the storm before showing their hand.

“We analysed Victory so you sort of know the way they want to play and how they’re going to play,” he said.

“We prepared for them to come out hard the first 15-20 (minutes) and we knew if we matched that, we’ll start to get on top and we did.

“Once we overcame that we got our opportunities and we started to open them up.”

The big fixtures continue for the Roar as they now travel down to Melbourne to face City before they return home for two consecutive home games.

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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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