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Bowles backs Roar to keep threatening

  • Bowles backs Roar to keep threatening

Melbourne may have displaced them atop the A-League but Brisbane are still backing their envelope-pushing style as against a resilient Western Sydney.

Reigning champions, the Victory are back in the driver's seat on 16 points following Saturday's 2-1 home defeat of Adelaide.

However, their feet will need to stay firmly on the accelerator, with the red-hot Wanderers second only on goal difference and Brisbane one point further afield in third.

Coach Kevin Muscat was less than thrilled at his side's inability to finish off Adelaide properly and will need them to step up to the challenge of three away matches in 11 days before returning to Melbourne for the next derby.

The merciless scheduling leaves the Wanderers, riding high on Sunday's fifth-straight win over Central Coast, with an opportunity to capitalise when they host Brisbane next Saturday.

Tony Popovic's men shape as a tough test for the Roar after they were held 1-1 by Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Despite beating the Wanderers 3-1 at Pirtek Stadium in the season opener, coach John Aloisi said he'd always pinned the new-look possession-based outfit as title threats.

However, defender Daniel Bowles warned the Roar will only improve in coming weeks.

"Anyone can beat anyone on the day but we've got our structures that we believe in and a very strong squad," Bowles told AAP.

"We play a style that pushes the envelope and makes it difficult for the opposition, and we'll continue to do that."

Aloisi said he watched Melbourne City's - and Aaron Mooy's - rampant 5-1 belting of Perth and described it as a "good open game", a far cry from his "anti-football" rant against John Van `t Schip's team the week prior.

Van `t Schip couldn't resist a little dig.

"We've shown quality in scoring. Not bad for a team that plays anti-football," he said.

City travel to Gosford on Thursday to face the Mariners, who have a four-day turnaround after Sunday's loss, while the next challenge for Newcastle is Sydney FC.

Not that Jets coach Scott Miller is all that concerned after seeing the Sky Blues' goalless draw with Wellington, a stop-start game including 43 fouls that incensed coach Graham Arnold so much he did not show up to his post-match conference for fear of being fined for criticising referee Chris Beath.

"I watched them the other night and obviously their fire power in the final third just hasn't clicked," Miller said.

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