Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has been left ruing some defensive lapses which saw his side lose its perfect record in the Hyundai A-League with a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix in Wellington.
The Phoenix’s second goal came from a counter-attack with Roy Krishna finishing well after a fast-break.
“That was something we talked about during the week,” said Aloisi.
“Wellington have got quick boys up front and they normally leave two strikers up. They play off second balls and find (Michael) McGlinchey or (Roly) Bonevacia between the lines and then start feeding the front two. I don’t think we dealt with that as well as we could have,” he said.
Despite Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren being unable to add to their braces from the first fortnight of the competition, Aloisi was still reasonably happy with his side’s work in the front third.
“I thought we created some really good openings,” he said.
“There was some great movement which opened up Wellington at times and either the final ball got cut out or we could have been a little bit better in certain areas in that final third. We created enough chances to probably win two football games but Wellington also created their chances.”
“Sometimes when we got in behind their defence, instead of putting balls into areas, we were trying to pick out players. Part of our structure is putting balls into areas because there’ll be someone coming onto that ball. That half a second when you’re looking up and trying to pick out someone allows them to get back,” said the former Socceroos striker.
An entertaining clash lost some of its structure in the second half as both sides threw caution to the wind and attacked with vigour.
“When we were trying to control the game and we lost the ball, Wellington were dangerous and they were catching us out. Then we’d get the ball and we’d go at them. It was like we were taking it in turns,” said Aloisi.
“As a coach you don’t really enjoy that. I wanted us to try and control the game a little bit more. That means you have to be switched on when you’ve got the ball in the attacking half and if they do end up winning it, you’re in good positions to stop them from countering and we didn’t do that well enough.”
“I thought in the second half we were controlling the game but we got caught on the counter,” he said.
Brisbane next host Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday.