It was a disallowed goal that Brisbane Roar Head Coach John Aloisi says is a positive sign for the future.
Young striker Abrahim Yango put the ball into the Western Sydney Wanderers FC net in the 84th minute but was ruled fractionally offside as the Roar sought to level the scores in their 1-0 Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 loss on Tuesday night.
Rather than ponder on whether the match officials got the call right or not, Aloisi prefers to look at the build up to the goal that he says augurs well for the Roar’s pre-season program – starting next Wednesday against Melbourne Victory at Southport (Kick off 7pm). To book tickets, click here
“We wanted to win and it would have been nice if the goal stood . . usually they say the close decisions should be for the benefit of the attacking team, but not in this case,” Aloisi said.
“What I was really happy about is that the ball came from virtually our back third. We combined well through the midfield and Luke Brattan to Matty then to Devante into Borrello who put in a great cross.
“These are the patterns we are trying to look for.
“That was the positive to come out of the defeat because eventually, once we get better and better – which we will – we will improve with each game and you will see more of those chances being created.”
Aloisi conceded his side had not capitalised on dominating possession in the first half but he praised his team for the way it played to new structures he has introduced.
“The first half you could see what we have been trying to work on in training and I thought we did that pretty well and we caused them quite a few problems,” he said.
“There was a period there where they struggled to get out of their own half. In terms of our pressing, that was pretty good in the first half.
“Our movement down the left was good – Thomas, Stef and Matty combined really well and we created quite a few good openings.
“The disappointing thing about the first half was we didn’t punish them when we were on top of them.”
Aloisi admits he was disappointed with how his side started the second 45 minutes and it will be something he works on as he prepares the squad for next week’s game against the Victory and matches in September against Newcastle Jets, the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland Under-23 All-Stars and Central Coast Mariners.
“In the second half we started slowly and that is something we have to get on top of,” Aloisi said.
“You might not be able to always play to the high tempo we want, but you can’t let a team get back into the game so easily like we did in the second half against the Wanderers.
“And even though we didn’t start the second half well I was happy with how we got back into the game with 15 minutes to go.
“We created some good openings and we should have done a little bit better on occasion when we did.
“We go back to the training field now, keep working hard and make sure we give an even better performance against the Victory.”