AAP Soccer

Fast start key for muted Brisbane Roar

By AAP Newswire

Winless Brisbane are chasing a fast start in Mudgee as they aim to get their A-League campaign up and running against Western Sydney on Saturday.

Last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Perth means the Roar have two wins and a loss from their opening three fixtures.

Coach John Aloisi says there's no secret to his team's struggles, with sluggish first half performances leaving his team with too much to do later in the game.

The Roar are the only team in the competition yet to register a shot on target in the first half of a match this season, and Aloisi admits boosting intensity has been a focus in training this week.

"The last few games we haven't started the game particularly well," Aloisi told reporters on Friday.

"We've been working on that this week in training. Not only with the ball but without the ball.

"Working on our kick offs and how we can pressurise our opposition and start at a high intensity. That's important. If we do that, then normally we'll have a good game."

The Wanderers are hardly likely to be Aloisi's first choice of opponent for his team.

Boosted by last weekend's convincing 3-0 victory over Wellington, Markus Babbel's men travel to Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium knowing they've only lost to the Roar once in their past five clashes with Brisbane.

Brisbane have also failed to keep a clean sheet on the road in their last 10 games away from home.

Should their defence once more be breached, it'll be largely Adam Taggart's goal-scoring which the Roar will need to claim the three points.

Despite scoring twice in his three appearances for his new club, Taggart was overlooked by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold in his squad for upcoming friendlies against Korea and Lebanon.

Starved of service against the Glory despite scoring from the penalty spot Aloisi says it's up to the 25-year-old's teammates to make the opportunity for Taggart to keep on scoring.

"We know that he's going to score goals, it's up to us to keep creating chances for him," Aloisi said.

"We know what he's capable of doing and I think Graham Arnold also knows and he wants to see him do it on a regular basis.

"He's only three games in, very early on in the season and I'm sure if he continues on scoring, eventually he'll be back in the national team."