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Roar want revenge for Jets A-League defeat

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Vince Rugari

John Aloisi has promised Brisbane Roar will deliver payback for the second-round shellacking they copped against Newcastle when the two sides meet again on Saturday.

The Roar are desperate to atone for their 4-0 away loss to the Jets, a result uncharacteristic of their strong A-League campaign to date and a moment Aloisi ranks as the worst in his year-and-a-half stint at the helm of the club.

Up until last week's defeat to Sydney FC ended a 10-match unbeaten run, it was also Brisbane's only loss of the season.

Aloisi said he hasn't brought it up with his players because he knows it's already been burning in their minds.

"I don't think I need to talk about it," he said.

"Since I've been here, that's been by far one of the lowest points - not only for me, but for all the players.

"We've got a proud team and supporters who expect a lot and we want to deliver for them.

"The boys hurt that day, and they didn't perform.

"Don't worry, tomorrow we'll make sure that we do."

It's fighting talk from Brisbane but the Jets are also keen to make a statement after a mini-resurgence of sorts in the past month.

Newcastle were undefeated in the three games prior to Monday's dramatic 4-2 loss to Melbourne Victory and seem to be building form after an indifferent start to the season.

The return of skipper Nigel Boogaard from injury will help, while coach Mark Jones is trying to spark something within his playing group by challenging striker Aleksandr Kokko and former Roar midfielder Devante Clut to fight it out between them for a spot on the plane to Brisbane,

"I think that's been the message for everyone this year. If we want to make the six... they need to take their game to the next level," Jones said.

"We know we're a better football team now (than in round two). They (the Roar) are quoted in the paper as that they've got better - well, we've gotten better as well.

"It'll be an interesting match-up but I think if we're patient and defend well, we'll always score goals."

STATS THAT MATTER

* Brisbane Roar FC are undefeated in their last 13 games on home soil, their longest run since a streak of 23 games ending in November 2011.

* Newcastle Jets boast a tackle win percentage of 80% this season, the best of any team in the competition and more than five percentage points better than Brisbane (74.6%).

* Four of the 12 players to play every minute of this season's campaign could feature in this match: Jade North, Corey Brown, Andrew Hoole and Jack Duncan.

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