Roar ready for anything against dour Sky Blues

Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar do battle last November.
Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar do battle last November.

BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi has done his best to play down the talk Sydney FC plays a boring brand of football, ahead of tonight's A-League clash at Allianz Stadium.

Both teams played out a dour 0-all draw on November 6, while the Sky Blues were widely panned for adopting a defence-first strategy in their 1-0 loss to the Victory on Australia Day.

After the 0-all draw against Graham Arnold's men in round 14, Aloisi reserved some criticisms for his former Socceroos teammate.

"He builds from the back first, and we found it difficult to break them down," Aloisi said at the time.

"Surprised? No. Whether the supporters like it? You'll have to ask the Sydney FC supporters."

Aloisi was more measured with his words ahead their next clash.

"Arnie's teams are always well-organised," he said.

"Whether they come out and press us and attack us, whether they sit off, we're trained for both scenarios.

"We just know it'll be a tough game because they're a good side and Arnie has always got results."

Centre-back James Donachie returns from Olyroos duty to the Roar match-day squad, along with attackers Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren.

Donachie will put pressure on fellow central defenders Jade North and Daniel Bowles, with the Roar conceding eight goals in its past two games - to the Victory and Adelaide United.



That saw the Brisbane outfit drop from first to third place on the table.

But North was not concerned about the added pressure to hold his spot.

"It (having the Olyroos players back) lifts the group and they're good lads so it puts smiles on the boys' faces," he said.

"We've worked hard this week trying to rectify the situation of the last two games.

"It's just small mistakes that we can fix. The last two weeks have hurt the club.

"From first down to third is a big drop, but we're still confident."

Maclaren (seven) and Borrello (five) have scored 12 goals between them from the Roar's 23 this season.

Brisbane left-back Shane Stefanutto (muscle) tightness was left out.

For the Sky Blues, Alex Gersbach returns from Olyroos duty, and George Blackwood has been promoted.
Sydney FC is undefeated in its past five matches against Brisbane (two wins and three draws) and has kept three clean sheets in that period.

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