Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi. JULIAN SMITH

Roar boss confident he can outsmart rival

JOHN Aloisi is confident he can win a tactical battle with Sydney FC counterpart Graham Arnold when the two sides go head to head at Allianz Stadium tonight.

The Brisbane Roar coach rates Arnold highly but after ending the Sky Blues' six-game winning streak with a 1-1 draw in round seven at Suncorp Stadium, Aloisi reckons his team has the nous to also end Sydney's 12-game unbeaten run.

"Graham Arnold's a top coach and he has been for a number of years,” the former Socceroos forward said.

"He gets his team to be well-organised defensively and that's from front to back.

"(But) we feel - and he (Arnold) still thinks - that they have got weaknesses at the back, so we want to exploit that.

"He's got good players going forward and where we have to be very careful against a Graham Arnold side is that they counter very well.

"We have to make sure we stop their counters.”

Sydney FC has strikers Bobo, Alex Brosque and Filip Holosko in form and the team has hit four goals in each of its past two A-League games.

The Roar also hit four against Adelaide in round nine and Aloisi said his team must match its opponent if the chances arise tonight.

"They have been ruthless the last couple of weeks in front of goal, so we have to make sure we don't give them too many opportunities,” he said.

"Then when we do get our opportunities, which we will create, we have to take them and we have to be ruthless like we were against Adelaide a few weeks ago.”

Aloisi believed some tactical switches allowed his team to have the better of the 1-1 draw in round seven and was confident that, on a ground his players like, they could come away with the three points.

"We didn't have a good first half but we tweaked a few things at half-time and we felt that second half we ran all over them,” he said.

"They remember that and they know that.

"We stopped their winning streak. They had won six in a row now we think we can stop their unbeaten run.

"In the first half we played into their hands, we allowed them to press us when we didn't need to be pressed, we tried to play out of situations that wasn't on to play out.

"They tried to suffocate us, which they did.

"In the second half Jamie Maclaren came on and automatically he makes runs in behind, so they are a little bit wary then.”

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