Roar’s Bautheac needs protection: Aloisi

Brisbane Roar star Eric Bautheac let frustration get the better of him against Melbourne Victory.Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has demanded better protection for marquee man Eric Bautheac.

The French winger’s frustrations tipped over against Melbourne Victory when he was sent off in the Roar’s 4-2 A-League loss at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Bautheac, clearly incensed by an earlier incident where Victory’s James Troisi had caught him on his left ankle, launched into a wild challenge on Corey Brown.

Referee Adam Fielding showed Bautheac a yellow card for the challenge but the Roar star then got into a push and shove with Troisi and Swedish striker Ola Toivenen.

Fielding showed Bautheac a second yellow and the Frenchman kicked advertising hoardings and the wall of the stadium tunnel as he departed.

Aloisi didn’t condone Bautheac’s actions but said he can understand why his import was upset.

“It’s been happening all season to Eric,” he said.

“I don’t want him to go and bring it into his own hands.

“I just want the referees to help him earlier and protect him earlier and then have a bit of common sense as well.

“Know that he’s the one that’s being kicked from pillar to post in every single game and then when he does one thing, calm the situation down.”

The defeat leaves the Roar floundering second-last on the ladder with just one win from eight games.

Aloisi though remains confident his team has the ability to turn their season around.

“It’s three losses in a row. Against Adelaide we didn’t deserve to lose. Last week, the last half hour wasn’t great. Tonight (Friday) the first 20 minutes was very good,” Aloisi said.

“It will turn for us. When you keep playing like that, it will turn.

“We’re not going to get too carried away that we’re not a good side … we went on a run last year, seven out of 10 games we won, we’ll go on another run like that.”

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