Roar secure second spot over City

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In Brisbane’s 300th A-League match at Suncorp stadium Jamie Maclaren collected his second goal of the season to bring home a 1-0 victory over Melbourne City.

Despite star players Tim Cahill and Bruno Fornaroli taking the field, Melbourne City was left scoreless for the first time this season and have now been overtaken for second place on the ladder by Brisbane.

City coach John Van’t Schip said players needed to expect and adjust to defensive tactics brought out by opposing teams, as seen by the Roar.

“John (Aloisi) is changing the style and that’s his good right because if it gets results then that’s up to them of course to perform,” Van’t Schip said.

“We’re going to get more teams that are going to defend and park the bus on the counter so we will have to learn to deal with that and come up with solutions.”

Roar Manager John Aloisi said changes were made in order to target and exploit Melbourne City’s game plan which often leaves space up the middle.

“If they are going to go man on man that’s up to them and if you’ve got players like Macca (Maclaren)… why wouldn’t you exploit their space and some of their weaknesses,” Aloisi said.

“In every game you’ve got to play differently, you’re going to come up against different sorts of teams. This week we had to play the way we thought we were going to win the game, and we won.”

Aloisi also gave praise to the team’s defensive efforts on the night, having managed to keep City from scoring in both halves.

“As a whole I thought we defended really well from front to back, when you’re stopping a team and players like they have and to virtually not have a shot on a goal… that you can say is a good performance,” Aloisi said.

Roar midfielder Thomas Kristensen said he felt the team gelled well tonight and raised the bar to standards seen in overseas leagues.

“If you compare to intensity and fitness wise and tempo its up there with many of the European leagues,” Kristensen said.

“Also if you look at experience I’d say we have one of the most experienced teams and midfields in the league both in Australia but also who have played overseas, so of course that can help the whole team.”

Kristensen said both teams showed immense effort, putting their bodies on the line and putting on a great performance and game for spectators.

“You really had that feeling that people wanted to die to win the game today by both teams,” he said.

“I like that you have those games where people take it to the edge and sometimes a little bit over because I think especially for the spectators it was a really good game.”

Brisbane’s next clash takes place at Coopers Stadium against 2015/16 A-League Premiership winners Adelaide United. With the Reds yet to collect a win this season, Brisbane are predicted to bring home their fourth consecutive victory.

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