Brisbane Roar’s stretched their undefeated streak at Suncorp Stadium to ten matches with a 1-0 win over Melbourne City in front of a stellar crowd on Friday night.
Celebrating the club’s 300th Hyundai A-League match, Jamie Maclaren’s second goal in as many games was the deciding moment in a tightly-fought and entertaining encounter which secured the Roar’s third consecutive victory.
The passionate Friday night crowd of 20,198 at Suncorp Stadium was the Roar’s largest regular season attendance for a Friday night fixture and the largest for a match between the two sides.
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Head Coach John Aloisi was pleased with the performance across the park from his side.
“We created enough chances to win the game comfortably and I don’t think they created one clear chance,” Aloisi said.
“We made it difficult for them to create space in midfield and get the ball to their midfielders and strikers. I thought we defended really well from front to back.”
Resolute defence from the Roar restricted City’s attack, widely regarded as one of the strongest in the league, to just three shots and none on target, much to the pleasure of Aloisi.
“When you’re stopping a team with players like they have and not allowing a shot on goal, you can say it’s a very good performance,” he said
“What Thomas Kristensen and Matt [McKay] did well tonight was block the line to Fornaroli and when you can do that it starves them of their fire power. I thought our two midfielders were exceptional tonight.”
Jamie Maclaren broke the deadlock after just 11 minutes, capitalising on a terrific ball that sliced the City defence from Thomas Broich as well as neat footwork by Tommy Oar to beat Dean Bouzanis.
Broich went close to doubling the Roar’s lead after 20 minutes as the Roar broke on the counter attack but the German maestro slid his shot wide of the left post.
Thomas Kristensen almost sent Suncorp Stadium into delirium after the Great Dane’s silky skills saw him bypass a number of City defenders, only stopped by Bouzanis between the posts.
The match turned into a thrilling end-to-end encounter as the Roar looked to close the game out while City desperately searched for an equaliser.
Kristensen was named as Man of the Match in a performance that yet again included an incredible number of tackles and intercepts as well as demonstrating a prolific passing game.
Spanish import Manuel Arana played his first minutes for Brisbane Roar replacing Thomas Broich late in the second half while Dimitri Petratos made his first appearance for the season as a second-half substitute.
The Roar now travel to Coopers Stadium to take on Adelaide United in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League next Friday, 11 November.
Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Maclaren 11′)
Melbourne City FC 0