Aloisi slams FFA fixturing

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Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has accused the FFA of lacking “common sense” in regards to the minimal time scheduled between his sides A-League and Asian Champions League matches.

For the second time this season, Brisbane will play a midweek match in the ACL just days after a weekend away trip to Perth, a fact not lost on Aloisi.

“It would be a lot easier if we didn’t have to travel to Perth twice during the ACL and travel back to play a midweek game in Brisbane during the ACL,” the ex-Portsmouth player said.

“I don’t know who did the schedule – obviously someone that doesn’t know that we could’ve qualified for the ACL.

“So it would have been a lot easier if they used common sense, but someone once said to me ‘sense isn’t that common’ so obviously they didn’t look at it.

“We just have to move on and hope that when we do get to the finals we are as fresh as possible, which is why I had to leave some players home for tonight.”

The Socceroo great left stalwarts Thomas Broich, Thomas Kristensen, Michael Theo and Avram Papadopoulos out of the leg to Perth.

Although missing key attacking prowess, Brisbane created plenty and managed 12 shots on goal throughout the 90 minutes against Perth.

Star striker Jamie Maclaren was particularly inefficient, squandering four genuine goal-scoring opportunities.

Aloisi lamented the inability of his side to convert the glut of chances that were created.

“It was not our most polished performance, but in terms of chances created during the game, we should actually have been up,” Aloisi continued.

“We had one in the first half that was very clear, we didn’t punish Perth and then they score a set piece.

“So yes, disappointed because the chances we created away from home, usually you come away with something.”

Perth coach Kenny Lowe praised the form of ex-skipper Richard Garcia, who celebrated his recent return to the side with his fifth career Glory goal against the Roar.

“Richard’s tops – he’s been more in the coaching side a little bit and integrated into the coaching group this season.

“But he’s been super value – he’s just a top guy, a genuine guy.

“You know we’ve been a bit depleted and he’s stuck his hand up and played fantastic in the games he’s played.”

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Stewart Marshall
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