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Roar need to lift ruthless streak: Aloisi

  • Roar need to lift ruthless streak: Aloisi

Coach John Aloisi isn't worried about Brisbane ceding top spot on the A-League ladder, he just wishes his team would stop dropping points when they're in pole position to win.

Table toppers up until Saturday evening, the Roar left Hunter Stadium with only one point to show for a largely dominant display highlighted by 17 shots on goal compared to Newcastle's nine.

Ben Kantarovski cancelled out Jamie Maclaren's opener in the entertaining spectacle, the 1-1 scoreline a mirror image of Brisbane's draw with Melbourne City last weekend.

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It allowed Melbourne Victory to leapfrog to the summit following their 2-1 defeat of Adelaide United.

Aloisi isn't concerned about the big picture just yet, rather he wants his talented outfit to be more ruthless in every game regardless of the opposition.

"We're not looking at the ladder. It's only eight games in, we just want to keep improving and trying to get better each week," he said.

"We're just disappointed that we're dropping points at the moment in the last two games.

"What I mean by that is we felt that we were better than the opposition, that we were trying to win the game and we probably should have in terms of the chances we created."

Aloisi praised the Roar for taking more control of proceedings in the second half after a depleted but structurally very good Jets team caused them issues out wide early on.

However, he was disappointed to concede a goal off a set piece, when Kantarovski latched onto Lachlan Jackson's deflected header off a corner.

Brisbane head to Pirtek Stadium next week to face Western Sydney for the second time after their season-opening 3-1 win, with Aloisi very aware of how far the Wanderers have come since that error-ridden performance.

"Another game that's going to be tough away from home ... they're probably the team that's in form at the moment," he said.

"But we're confident we can have a good game against them because we've got players playing well and our team is getting better.

"But we know it's going to be a hard game, it's never an easy game going to Wanderland."

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