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Set piece is Roar's new secret weapon

  • Set piece is Roar's new secret weapon

It's not often a guy like Thomas Broich is upstaged in the A-League.

But Brisbane's new Spanish signing Corona has done precisely that, taking over set piece duty from the Roar's star marquee man with immediate effect.

Making his A-League debut in their season-opening 3-1 win over Western Sydney last week, the diminutive 34-year-old was handed the responsibility of taking the Roar's free kicks and corners by coach John Aloisi.

Corona immediately repaid his faith, with two well-weighted corner kicks leading to goals for Jamie Maclaren and Daniel Bowles.

"It paid off straight away. Awesome deliveries," said Broich.

"Really, it's not important who delivers, as long as the delivery's good and we score goals from it.

"Even in the past we've scored a few - grand finals, for instance, you might remember those.

"The whole performance, set piece deliveries - give it a bit more time. There's positive signs but we need to confirm that now."

Aloisi believes a refined approach to set pieces could pay dividends for the Roar.

"Championships are won on set pieces, Brisbane Roar knows that," he said.

"We take them very seriously.

"There is a lot of work still to be done. But if you've got good delivery and the timing is done well, it is hard to mark players and hopefully we can score a few goals from that."

Defender Bowles, meanwhile, will keep bombing forward for corner kicks regardless of who's taking them.

The 23-year-old's headed goal was his first in the A-League since March 2012, when he opened his career account for Gold Coast United against Newcastle.

Asked whether Broich or Corona was better over the dead ball, Bowles said: "They're equally as good but since Corona's come, you can see his class."

"He's a sensational player," Bowles said.

"He hasn't trained with us long but already, first game, he played the 90 minutes and didn't look out of place. He was one of the better players on the park and his delivery from set pieces is of really high quality."

The Roar next host Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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