'They're really combining well': Aloisi excited by new-look Brisbane front line after City draw

Brisbane coach John Aloisi says his newly-assembled front four are growing in stature after Roar's 1-1 draw against Melbourne City earlier today.

Roar continued their pre-season in a behind closed doors friendly against their Hyundai A-League rivals in Melbourne, where Henrique found the back of the net early on for the visitors.

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The Brazilian striker formed one part of a new four-pronged attack for Aloisi's men on the day, with Danish recruit Tobias Mikkelsen, Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk all impressing.

“It’s good for their confidence and to see they’re really combining well as a front four,” Aloisi told Brisbane's official website.

“Toby (Mikkelsen) again showed improvement - he was combining really well with the likes of Adam Taggart, Stefan Mauk & Henrique.”

“We started the game really well and Henrique’s goal was well taken after some great play between our front four. We had our moments in the first half, but it was a pretty even game overall and a good hit-out for both teams."


Only six minutes had been played when the Henrique beat City keeper Mark Birighitti with a deft chip.

City were unable to break through the Brisbane defence in the opening 45 minutes, but would restore parity just 10 minutes after the break from the penalty spot through half-time substitute Dario Vidosic.

The match also saw Roar defender Avram Papadopoulos make a long-awaited return following a serious ankle injury back in March, coming on in the heart of defence for the final half-hour.

“It’s been a long journey getting back for him," Aloisi said.

"You can train as much as you want, but nothing replicates a game of football so it was good for him to get that awareness on the pitch back again and he dealt with their quick attack well."