Roar’s back to business after bad days at office

Brisbane Roar's Jamie Maclaren looks dejected during the big loss to Perth Glory last week. Photo: AAP  Image.
Brisbane Roar's Jamie Maclaren looks dejected during the big loss to Perth Glory last week. Photo: AAP Image.

BRISBANE Roar left defender Shane Stefanutto has tried to assure supporters there will be no more bad days at the office for his team.

The second-placed Roar has had three in the past six weeks, not least of all against Perth Glory last week when it conceded a stunning six goals to three.

The Roar also let in four goals against today's opponent, Adelaide United, at Suncorp Stadium on January 22, which followed a 4-0 loss to the Melbourne Victory a week earlier.

But a surprising amount of calmness has been present at Roar training this week, after the team let in four goals from set pieces against the resurgent Glory.

Stefanutto said there was no panic about how his team would defend against free kicks and corners, heading into the blockbuster clash against the third-placed Reds at Coopers Stadium.

"We do them (set-piece drills) every week. It's something Ross (assistant coach Ross Aloisi) does religiously every week," he said.

"Every week two days out from a game we'll do our corners, their corners. We'll do set pieces from the side.

"So there are no excuses in terms of roles and responsibilities.

"I put it down to an off day at the office and we were punished for our mistakes, but we've learnt from that and rectified that, and now we're ready to go again."

 

Shane Stefanutto says it's  not panic stations for his team. Photo: AAP Image.
Shane Stefanutto says it's not panic stations for his team. Photo: AAP Image.

 

Roar coach John Aloisi has been a cool-headed mentor all season, and that did not change at training this week after such a heavy defeat.

"There have been three games this season where we've conceded a lot of goals, and most of the others we've been really good defensively," he said.

"Out of 20 games you don't just want to pick out three. You go off how you've played the majority of the season.

"We went through a stage where we didn't score goals and people were questioning us.

"That's part of being a coach and being in a team, but the season is long. You can't play at your best the whole season."

Brisbane has won eight of its past 12 games against Adelaide in the A-League, but the Reds are unbeaten in their past 12 league matches.

"Their run's been good in terms of their results - 12 unbeaten games," Aloisi said. "But I thought they were playing well at the beginning of the season when things weren't going their way.

"You could see that Amor (Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor) was putting his style on the team."

Roar defender James Donachie (knee) will miss this game, with fellow centre-back Daniel Bowles to take his spot, while Iacopo La Rocca (suspension) misses this game for the Reds.

Adelaide midfielder Craig Goodwin was knocked out after copping a knee to his head last Friday night.

Aloisi said he would be "very surprised" if Goodwin played today.


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