Aloisi keeping faith in attack during dry spell

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren.
Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren.

BRISBANE Roar might have been lacking in goals in its past two games but coach John Aloisi is far from frustrated with his attackers.

The Roar goes into tonight's clash with the in-form Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on the back of 1-all draws in the past two rounds.

Brisbane had far more shots against Newcastle last weekend and dominated possession against the Jets and Melbourne City in the past two weeks.

But despite that dominance no wins resulted.

Brisbane striker and Olyroo representative Jamie Maclaren has a respectable strike-rate of four goals from seven matches this season, but was brutally honest after his display against the Jets at Hunter Stadium.

Despite scoring a classy angled goal after a neat cut back, he said he could have finished that game with three or four goals.

Dimitri Petratos has also threatened to score in recent weeks without finding the back of the net.

But Aloisi - one of Australia's best strikers in his heyday - said he wasn't losing faith in his attacking players, pointing out they were still creating plenty of chances.

"That happens all over the world - strikers miss chances," he said. "I'd be upset if they weren't going back and getting in those positions and if they start to hide.

"They're not doing that - they keep on going and getting into those positions.

"They're working hard, so I'm not getting frustrated with my players at all."

Aloisi also won't be worried about a lack of atmosphere at Wanderland tonight, but defended the majority of A-League fans who have been on the end of damaging allegations from sections of the media in recent weeks.

Wanderers supporter group the Red and Black Bloc - renowned for its passionate members - has promised to boycott the game.

The group said FFA boss David Gallop's initial public response to the issue of 198 banned fans was "shambolic", before Gallop was forced to admit he got that response wrong this week.

John Aloisi
John Aloisi MARK DADSWELL

"I try not to get too much involved on that side and just focus on our team and the football side," Aloisi said.

"Football, for a long time in Australia, has been portrayed as something that's unsafe to go to.

"We know that's not the case - there are a lot of families that come and watch our game."

Daniel Bowles has struck an impressive combination with Jade North in the Roar's central defence, but said he was disappointed his team conceded its only goal from a corner against Newcastle last Saturday.

"We've been working hard on the training pitch this week to rectify that," he said.

"We'll be doing all we can to keep a clean sheet."

Western Sydney has recorded just one victory against Brisbane in the past eight A-League encounters (drawn two, lost five).

For the Roar, Corey Brown, Jerome Polenz and Devante Clut have been promoted, while Spanish recruit Javier Hervas (muscle stiffness) misses out.

The Wanderers - shooting for their sixth win in a row - have added Italian striker Federico Piovaccari back into their squad, and Mark Bridge returns from injury.



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