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BRISBANE coach John Aloisi slammed criticism of his team’s AFC Champions League disaster after the Roar bounced back with a confidence-boosting 3-1 away win over a 10-man Newcastle Jets last night.
Playing their 10th match in 37 days as they continue to juggle domestic and continental commitments, the travel-weary Roar won in the A-League for the first time since January 28 courtesy of a Jamie Maclaren brace and substitute Nick D’Agostino’s maiden top-flight goal.
The three points moved the Roar up to fourth on the ladder and was an encouraging response to the 6-0 drubbing they copped last Tuesday night from South Korean club Ulsan Hyundai.
“A lot of people criticised us for the other night and I think that’s very unfair,” Aloisi said.
“People are saying that if (first and second-placed A-League clubs) Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory were in the Champions League they would be competing a lot better than we are. I find that disrespectful to our team, to our players and to our football club.
“I’ve been disappointed that people haven’t realised what we’ve had to deal with in the sense that no other team that’s played in the A-League has had to qualify through two playoffs to make the Champions League (group stages).
“Then with FFA not being flexible on games, it’s been unfair.”
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But the Roar soldiered on last night, fighting back from a goal down to beat Newcastle for the first time in three attempts this season.
Aloisi gave an A-League debut to former Greek international defender Avraam Papadopoulos, while Brisbane’s backline was also strengthened by the return of Corey Brown from a hamstring injury.
But it was a Brown foul on Newcastle striker Aleksandr Kokko that allowed the Jets to grab the lead in the 10th minute from the penalty spot via Andrew Nabbout.
However, while the Jets led on the scoreboard, they lost their numerical advantage 21 minutes later when stand-in captain Jason Hoffman was sent off after being booked twice in the space of 60 seconds.
Worse was to follow for the Jets when their coach Mark Jones was sent from the bench after verbalising his disgust at referee Jarred Gillett’s decision.
The Roar equalised in the 62nd minute when Maclaren scored from the penalty spot after Newcastle attacking weapon Andrew Hoole pulled down substitute Thomas Broich.
Maclaren put the Roar ahead in the 74th minute after being first to react to a parry Newcastle keeper Tomislav Arcaba’s parry from a stinging Manuel Arana strike.
D’Agostino late goal completed Brisbane’s comeback and ensured the Jets stayed in eighth spot on the ladder.
“From start to finish we were the better team … and we got our just rewards,” Aloisi said
BRISBANE ROAR 3 (Jamie Maclaren 62m pen, 74m, Nicholas D’Agostino 90m) bt NEWCASTLE JETS 1 (Andrew Nabbout 10m pen) at McDonald Jones Stadium. Crowd: 7,122. Referee: Jarred Gillett.
Originally published as Maclaren hits two as Roar dispatch Jets