Brisbane Roar veteran Shane Stefanutto has backed coach John Aloisi's criticism of cynical tactics used to thwart his A-League side, but says proactive teams need to find a way to rise above it.
Aloisi lashed out at former employers Melbourne City following Friday night's 1-1 draw in Brisbane, accusing them of constant fouling as a method to break up the Roar's fluent attacking play and dull the influence of star players such as Thomas Broich.
Stefanutto said Aloisi, who called the approach "anti-football" - was simply "stating the facts" and sticking up for his players.
"It's good as a guy who's the leader of the club to make that statement because then we buy in and follow him," Stefanutto told reporters.
"But it's about us - we have no excuses about this, it's our job to find a way to play a high-tempo brand of football every weekend.
"That's what we just need to continue to try and do."
The top-of-the-table Roar face the Newcastle Jets - another A-League side that tends to play compact, defensive football - on Saturday at Hunter Stadium.