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Fornaroli isn't breaking the rules: JVS

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip has laughed off accusations Bruno Fornaroli uses his body illegally, reminding John Aloisi he used to play the same way.

Van 't Schip admitted Brisbane Roar coach Aloisi's attempt at spotlighting Fornaroli's 'pinning' tactics might have had an influence on the referee in Friday night's 1-0 defeat at Suncorp Stadium.

Aloisi had instructed his players to be mindful of the Uruguayan's tendency to hold down opponents, which can help him draw fouls or create space for a shot or change of direction.

The 29-year-old was well held by the Brisbane defence and didn't manage a single shot on goal and while he won five fouls, he also gave away three.

But van 't Schip said it was unfair for anyone to suggest Fornaroli was playing against the rules, and particularly an ex-striker like former Socceroo great Aloisi.

"John played himself like that," he said.

"If that's not allowed anymore then you can take a lot of strikers out of the game.

"Bruno plays like that, he's very difficult to defend, he's strong with his body, he can turn a defender and it's a different kind of way of defending him.

"That's more the way of looking at it - not that Bruno's doing things wrong, (but) that's his quality, that's how he's played his whole life.

"It's up to the referee to judge that and I think Bruno doesn't make that much fouls, he just works very good with his body."

Van 't Schip admitted City had too many passengers against the Roar.

"It's a work in progress, what we're doing," he said.

"There was a lot of good passes again, a lot of play that looked good but I think maybe we had too many players not really having their best day.

"Unfortunately tonight it didn't work out for us but it doesn't mean that we try to change our philosophy.

"What we have to look at is how can we improve, and do things better against teams that are not giving a lot of space away."

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