Brisbane Roar draws with the Wanderers

Brisbane Roar have played out a third consecutive draw and extended their undefeated run to six games in a tough Hyundai A-League encounter with Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

The Roar were forced to defend for the majority of the second half with goals from Jamie Maclaren and Jumpei Kusikami seeing the scoreline finish at 1-1.

Head Coach John Aloisi was disappointed with the second half performance but says it shows great character in the side to come away with a draw.


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“We’re disappointed with our performance but the Wanderers are a good team,” Aloisi said.

“They pinned us back in the second half and we started to invite pressure and that happens when you give away the ball.

“The positive is that it shows good character in the team when you don’t play well but are still getting results.”

Maclaren opened the scoring for Brisbane from the penalty spot in the first half after Wanderers’ goalkeeper Jerrod Tyson brought Roar’s number nine down deep inside the Wanderers area.

Both sides had their fair share of possession throughout the first half in an end-to-end opening period, with the Roar taking the lead into the break.

The home side started the second half on the front foot and their dominance in possession paid dividends on 56 minutes with a simple tap in for Jumpei to level the scoreline.

The Roar struggled to escape their own half and were unable to create clear-cut chances throughout much of the second half, but resolute defending kept the home side at bay.

Michael Theo was called into action a number of times making an incredible ten saves, the most notable a save-of-the-year contender to deny a Nico Martinez strike from curling into the top corner.

The Roar launched a late flurry in search of a winner and finished the better of the two sides.

Dimitri Petratos’ deflected free-kick was kept out by a lunging save from Tyson before Tommy Oar was found in open space by Brett Holman but couldn’t find the target with his powerful shot.

The Roar now take on Melbourne City for the second time in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 campaign, travelling to AAMI Park on Saturday.

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