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I'll do what it takes to win: Aloisi

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says he won't be afraid to divulge from the A-League club's core 'Roarcelona' philosophy in future if it means better results.

The Roar outclassed Melbourne City on Friday night to record a comfortable 1-0 victory at Suncorp Stadium, their third on the trot.

But it was an unfamiliar tactical approach that got them there, with the Roar happy to play on the break instead of their normal high-possession game.

Ever since the days of Ange Postecoglou, and particularly at home, Brisbane has always looked to dictate terms and control the ball.

However, Aloisi was content to let Melbourne City have 60 per cent of possession, knowing the visitors would struggle to break down their disciplined defence and that opportunities to counter-attack would beckon as a consequence.

City coach John van 't Schip accused the Roar of "parking the bus" but Aloisi explained they were a little more nuanced than that, and made no apologies for making what he said were effective changes.

"Different games, you have to play differently. You're going to come up against different sorts of teams," he said.

"We had to play to the way we thought we were going to win the game.

"We'll still try and stick to our structures. I wouldn't say we sat deep, we weren't parking the bus on the 18 - we were in the (middle) third and we made it really hard for them to create space in the midfield.

"As a whole I thought we defended really well from front to back and when you're stopping a team and players like they have to virtually not having a shot on goal, you can say it's a good performance."

The Roar travel to face Adelaide United next week but will be without star striker Jamie Maclaren, who will link up with the Socceroos after scoring his second A-League goal in as many weeks.

That means Aloisi will be forced to find a temporary new frontman, although he has an array of options at his fingertips.

Spanish import Arana, the versatile Dimi Petratos, winger Brandon Borrello or youngsters Joey Katabian and Nick D'Agostino are all possibilities.

"We knew that coming into the season we could lose Macca to the national team.You have to make sure you've got cover and depth in your squad," Aloisi said.

"You saw the attacking options I had on the bench. We had some firepower to come on."

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