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North backs Brisbane Roar keeper Theo

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar veteran Jade North reckons it's unfair to pin all the blame on Michael Theo for the goal they conceded in their 1-1 draw with Adelaide United last week.

Theo is under pressure to retain his spot in goal for Saturday's A-League clash against Sydney FC after failing to stop a simple glancing header from Sergi Guardiola that ultimately cost Brisbane a fourth consecutive win.

The 35-year-old has emerged this season as the Roar's clear number one goalkeeper but back-up Jamie Young is waiting in the wings if coach John Aloisi decides to make a change.

Centre-back North, however, said he felt the move that led to the goal shouldn't have been allowed to happen

"I look at it maybe two or three passes before that," North told reporters.

"We probably should have put some pressure on the boy that crossed it in.

"These things happen, we've just got to pick ourselves up from that, learn from it and we'll be better for it.

"I was very disappointed (to draw) because I felt we were very comfortable. Adelaide are a good side, they've got players that can hurt you just like they did on the weekend."

Young made 20 A-League appearances last season but has only been used sparingly since Theo's return to full fitness.

Theo is off contract at the end of this season but Young signed a two-year extension earlier this year to keep him in Brisbane until 2018.

Meanwhile, the Roar was visited by rugby league royalty on Tuesday as they prepare to ditch their usual home colours for an all-maroon strip on Saturday to drum up their rivalry with the ladder-leading Sky Blues.

North presented Queensland great Billy Moore - the inventor of the famous 'Queenslander!' war cry - with the special jersey, which will also be worn in future away matches.

"It doesn't matter if it's rugby league, football or marbles - when sky blue plays maroon, everyone north of the Tweed cares," said Moore.

"Hopefully with a bit of maroon in their uniform they can really lift, the Queensland crowd will get behind them."

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