Brisbane Roar coach happy despite Melbourne Victory defeat

Brisbane Roar head coach John Aloisi is happy with the performance of his side despite going down to Melbourne Victory by a 3-1 scoreline.


Brisbane did not arrive in Ballarat until Friday afternoon after they were forced to take an early morning flight to Melbourne which was followed by a two hour bus trip to the Inland Victorian city.

Speaking after the game, Aloisi admitted that his side put in the best performance of their pre-season – barring the first 15 minutes of the match, where the Victory took an early 2-0 lead. He said: “The players said how stiff they felt at the start of the game. We thought an extended warm-up might help, but that’s why we had such a slow start and why the Victory got the jump on us. Otherwise we played really well. We created about six or seven clear chances. It’s the best we’ve played so far in the pre-season.”

Aloisi had wanted the squad to arrive a day earlier to make the preparations, but it appears that the club knocked back the request due to financial limitations. Surprisingly, the Ballarat Council paid for the Roar’s flights and accommodation on Friday night, but the club were reluctant to spend anything other than refreshments from their pocket. Continue reading

VICTORY READY FOR ADELAIDE

Melbourne Victory are set to clash against Adelaide United in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night. The performance will depend largely on star players James Troisi and Mark Milligan in the Round of 16 game. The Socceroos star would need to be in high spirit to deliver as they are days away from one of their biggest games in the international scene. Coach Ange Postecoglou names his final 23-man shortlist on Wednesday.

Melbourne should have all the major players available for selection for the FFA Cup game bar Argentine Matias Sanchez who is yet to sort out his visa issues. Carl Valeri skippered the recent friendly against Oakleigh so he should be available for the match. Continue reading