Aloisi praises Roar depth ahead of Perth trip


Brisbane Roar will be looking to build finals momentum as they travel west to face Perth Glory on Saturday night at nib Stadium. (10pm KO QLD time).​

Aloisi has named a youthful squad for the visit to West Australia, but he is comfortable with his team’s depth.

“We’ve created a squad with good, healthy competition and we’ve brought a lot of younger boys up to a level where I can afford to change players during a period like this,” Aloisi said.

Brisbane last travelled to Perth in February, playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw as Jamie Maclaren and Dane Ingham scored for the Roar. 


The memory of that game lingers, and Brisbane’s Head Coach knows his team must shut down the Glory attack.

“It’s a dangerous prospect whenever you play Perth Glory because they’ve got players that can really hurt you,” Aloisi said. 

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and we want to secure third spot.”

With only two regular season round matches remaining, Aloisi expects his side to finish strongly aiming for a top three spot and a successful finals series campaign. 

“The A-League is about winning the Grand Final. I’m preparing to make sure we win this weekend, but also that we’re going into the finals series preparing to win it,” Aloisi added. 

Borrello 16x9

In-form winger Brandon Borrello laid on two assists in Brisbane’s 5-1 demolition of Central Coast Mariners last Sunday, but the winger knows the team is yet to reach its peak.

“There’s definitely more, that’s just a little snippet of what’s to come,” Borrello said. 

Jamie Maclaren’s hat-trick was the highlight of Sunday’s win and Borrello was quick to praise the in-form striker.

“He’s always in and around the box and if you put a ball in there he’s going to be dangerous,” Borrello said.

“If he’s in the right place at the right time, there’s only one outcome.”

There is an average of 3.2 goals per game in Roar-Glory clashes and Borrello is anticipating another action-packed encounter on Saturday night.

“It’s been shown time and time again, when we play Perth it’s a high-scoring game,” Borrello added.

“This game’s just another opportunity to get some more points.”


Match details & squads

Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 26, Perth Glory v Brisbane. Saturday, 25 March 2017, nib Stadium, Perth. Kick-off 10:00pm (QLD time)

Brisbane Roar FC: 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH (c), 15. ARANA, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 25.Kye ROWLES, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk), 46.Cameron CRESTANI **two to be omitted**

Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (GK), 3. Marc WARREN, 5. Rhys WILLIAMS, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Joel CHIANESE, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (C), 9. Andy KEOGH, 11. Richard GARCIA, 13. Nick FEELY (GK), 14. Chris HAROLD, 15. Brandon WILSON, 16. Joe MILLS, 17. Diego CASTRO, 18. Mitch OXBORROW, 19. Josh RISDON, 22. Adam TAGGART, 26. Lucian GOIAN, 28. Joe KNOWLES **two to be omitted**