Aloisi needs to focus on Roar's battle with form

Roar player Jade North on the ground in the game between Melbourne City and Brisbane at AAMI Park.
Roar player Jade North on the ground in the game between Melbourne City and Brisbane at AAMI Park. JULIAN SMITH

JOHN Aloisi and John van't Schip have both had plenty to say this week but after their war of words was played out in the media, I wonder if the Brisbane Roar coach will ask himself just who won the battle.

On the face of it, you would suggest it was his Melbourne City counterpart, especially as the Roar mentor was left with egg on his face following the antics of Jade North.

Since before the round five clash, which Brisbane won 1-0 against City, Aloisi had been banging on about Bruno Fornaroli going down too easily and trying to get fellow professionals in trouble.

His moaning led van't Schip to tell the man who was his predecessor at the Melbourne club to stop whinging like a baby.

How ironic was it then that North went down (admittedly after Fornaroli slightly brushed his cheek with his hand) appearing to do the same thing his coach was accusing the South American of.

No words of support from Aloisi for his defender will convince me, or a number of others who witnessed the incident, that North was not trying to get Fornaroli booked or sent off.

It was quite fitting that North's play-acting cost the Roar a goal because his actions deserved some sort of punishment.

Speaking after the game Aloisi said: "He (North) obviously got hit there. Was it hard enough to go down? I don't think so.

"I don't think that he needed to go down. 'Jado' is not a player that would try to get someone sent off, he's not that type of player.”

Mixed messages there from Aloisi. But the one he should have been giving was to his own player - that that sort of behaviour is not on, especially after putting Fornaroli through the wringer for doing the same thing.

Hopefully - privately at least - Aloisi will have another look at what North did and have a word in his ear not to do it again.

It just put his coach in an awkward position to say the least.

I must say this week I have to agree with van't Schip about Aloisi.

Maybe he thought he might be able to affect how the officials refereed the game if he spoke up enough.

But I just think you reap what you sow and sometimes saying nothing is the best policy.

I don't mind banter but this week's tit-for-tat stuff definitely appeared childish and in the end it got the Roar nowhere.

Maybe Aloisi should start concentrating, as van't Schip suggested, on his own team now.

Four games have gone by since that impressive win over City in round five and in all of those the Roar has drawn 1-1.

The Roar coach's focus needs to be on turning those draws into wins instead of worrying about what others are doing.

Topics:  brisbane roar jade north john aloisi john vant schip melbourne city sportopinion

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