Roar on Reds alert without striker Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren will miss tomorrow night's A-League with Adelaide United.
Jamie Maclaren will miss tomorrow night's A-League with Adelaide United. DAN PELED

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says his team might need to play a different type of game to overcome the absence of striker Jamie Maclaren against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium tomorrow night.

Maclaren is on Socceroos duty in Thailand and will miss the game with the bottom club.

Aloisi said he had a number of options on who would replace last season's A-League Golden Boot runner-up but was keeping his cards close to his chest.

"Whoever plays up front we are confident they will do a good job,” the Roar coach said.

"At the moment I am not going to say who we are thinking of starting with because I am sure Adelaide will be guessing who that will be.”

Aloisi said Maclaren had his own style which could mean he adapts the attacking formation against the Reds.

But he said whatever formation he went with would not go away from the Brisbane Roar ideals of attacking football.

"Macca plays on (defender's) shoulders and makes forward runs,” Aloisi said.

"We will have people who make forward runs. Whether it's a No.9, a midfielder from deep or a winger, it's important that we do that and we have players who can stretch teams.

Roar coach John Aloisi wasn't giving too much away today.
Roar coach John Aloisi wasn't giving too much away today. DAN HIMBRECHTS

"Everyone's in contention. We worked on it yesterday and it seemed to work well. Hopefully tomorrow it will work well too.

"One thing you will get from Brisbane Roar is that we will try to play an attacking brand of football,” Aloisi added.

"That doesn't mean that you have to have more possession than your opposition. It means that when you attack you do so with a purpose and last week we definitely did that and the week before against Perth Glory we definitely did that.”

The Roar got off to a slow start to the season but now has hit its straps, winning three out of three games to sit second on the ladder behind Sydney FC.

Adelaide, on the other hand, has had a terrible start to its A-League title defence, picking up just one point in the first five rounds to sit bottom of the ladder.

Aloisi said that was no reason to write the Reds off.

"Carrusca will be back in, James Holland will probably figure and you've got Sergio Guardiola who is a handful,” he said.

"Even though they have got only one point they have been playing some good football.

"They have been unlucky not to have won a game, so we know we have to go there with the same intensity of the past three games.

"If we can do that we're confident we can get a result.”

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