Connor Pain of the Mariners is tackled by Luke DeVere of the Roar.
Connor Pain of the Mariners is tackled by Luke DeVere of the Roar. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Roar won't give Cahill any extra attention

FOOTBALL: Brisbane defender Luke DeVere says the Roar cannot put all their focus on Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill when Melbourne City comes to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

When asked if coach John Aloisi would lay down any special plans to control the Australian international, DeVere said: "I don't think so.

"If you start focusing too much on one player then you perhaps lose sight of what we are about and what we are trying to do, especially in a home game.

"All we will be trying to do is put in a good performance and make them worry about us.

"It's great for the league he has come back but for myself and the other boys it's the same sort of game no matter who we are facing.

"We just need to play our game and do what we have to do to win.

DeVere said the Roar players would have to be aware of players such as A-League leading goalscorer Bruno Fornaroli.

"For anyone who plays in the backline they need to be switched on and be aware of what he (Fornaroli) can do,” DeVere said.

"Our defenders need to make sure they are switched on for the whole game.”

Argentine winger Fernando Brandan has also caused plenty of problems for sides this season but DeVere said Corey Brown was good enough to handle the winger.

"I think Corey has started the season well as has (right full-back) Jack Hingert,” he said. "They are both quick, agile full-backs and I am confident they will be able to handle all their threats.”


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