READY: Jamie Young at Roar training at Ballymore.
READY: Jamie Young at Roar training at Ballymore. Annette Dew

Aloisi backing Young to do the job for Roar

BRISBANE coach John Aloisi has backed goalkeeper Jamie Young as his No.1 stopper in the continued absence of veteran Michael Theo.

Theo remains sidelined with a finger injury he picked up in early November.

Young, 32, was the long-time deputy for Theo, stepping in between the sticks with the former Melbourne Victory keeper battling quadricep, calf and wrist complaints in recent seasons.

Asked if Young remained the No.1 in light of the Roar's recent struggles, Aloisi said he was still his first choice.

"At the moment he's the permanent number one; he's playing week in week out and been brilliant,” the coach said when asked where Young now stood in the pecking order.

"Who plays well plays and he's been brilliant for us and I'm sure he'll keep going.”

Young has made 55 appearances since joining the club in 2014 and will add to that when the Roar hosts A-League leaders Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

While he has enjoyed his extended run in the side, Young knows he is just part of a team.

"I'm enjoying playing, any footballer wants to play,” he said.

"But I'm part of a collective; if I wasn't playing I'd still be contributing in any way I could.

"At the end of the day that decision (who starts in goal) comes from the manager ... we all have to respect that and back whoever plays.”

Brisbane lie four points adrift of the top six but Young said the side could not afford to play panicked football in an effort to make up that gap.

"We don't want to add any more pressure on ourselves,” he said.

"We're a hard to beat team and with that basis you've always got a chance.

"We need to find that combination of being hard to beat and scoring goals.”



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