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Rampant Roar ready for City, Cahill

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/10/2016 Vince Rugari
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi © Getty Images Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi

After firing their first significant shot of the A-League season, Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has a simple message for Melbourne City: bring it on.

Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium is shaping as a bona fide blockbuster after the Roar's classy 2-1 win over Perth Glory, a timely reminder of just what the three-time champions can do when they get going.

But for a 15-minute period at the start of the second half when Brisbane fell asleep and Perth's Nebojsa Marinkovic equalised, the Roar were totally dominant and should have scored more than just the two goals, which came courtesy of Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello.

Emerging A-League superpower Melbourne City, however, will provide another stern test.

"We can't wait," Aloisi said.

"If we play at our best we'll give any team in the league a good run for their money, no matter where we play them.

"We have to make sure we prepare well because we know Melbourne City are a good side.

"We're looking forward to facing (Bruno) Fornaroli, facing Timmy Cahill, a big crowd - but it's not an easy place for them to come."

The Roar could be boosted by the expected return of Dimi Petratos from injury, while Spanish recruit Arana is fit and could make his first appearance for the club off the bench.

Cahill, meanwhile, should be completely fresh after he was rested this weekend - not that City needed him as they breezed past a depleted Adelaide 2-1 on Friday, with skipper Fornaroli scoring a sublime double.

After Perth's defeat, the only team left with an unbeaten record is Sydney FC, who registered their fourth straight win with a regulation 2-0 triumph away to Newcastle.

Incredibly, the Sky Blues are yet to concede a single goal this season but coach Graham Arnold knows you don't win titles in October.

"It's round four. It's nothing. For me there's so much more potential in this team," Arnold said.

"They're starting to believe more and more of the quality of this team and what it can do. I think we'll evolve as the season goes on."

Tony Popovic will be hoping his Western Sydney Wanderers can do the same after letting a golden chance to win at home slip on Saturday.

Brendan Santalab's second-minute goal suggested a rout was on the cards but the improving Central Coast Mariners more than held their own thereafter, with debutant Adam Berry punishing an error from Robert Cornthwaite to level the scores on the hour mark.

The Wanderers couldn't find another and the Mariners might feel the more aggrieved not to have won after a late penalty shout for handball on Jack Clisby was ignored.

The round concludes on Monday, when Melbourne Victory host Wellington Phoenix in their now-traditional Melbourne Cup eve clash at Etihad Stadium.

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