The Brisbane Roar looked as though they had thrown away a vital victory in the title race as Filip Holosko scored for Sydney FC to equalise with five minutes left to play.

But they dusted themselves off and Henrique finished a swift, flowing passing move to restore the Roar’s lead straight from the restart.

It was another 3-2 late comeback reminiscent of a similar turnaround against Western Sydney Wanderers at the start of the month at Suncorp Stadium.

Head coach John Aloisi has praised his team’s mental strength throughout the season and was proud to do so again on Saturday night.

“It was an exciting last few minutes especially for the supporters but also for our players because they show they just never give up,” he said.

“They’ve been through a lot this season and they’ve shown that they’ve got unbelievable character.

“To score straight after they just equalised, we didn’t drop our heads.

“We showed the same spirit we showed against the Wanderers and I couldn’t be prouder of the boys.”

Tommy Oar, who made his first home appearance since resigning for the Roar, set up Henrique to tap home the winner after both came on as substitutes.

Aloisi believed the strength of his players on the bench gave Brisbane the edge heading into the crunch end of the season.

“I think most teams would like to have impact players coming off the bench,” he said.

“We showed it here all season that the last 15 or 20 minutes we can run over teams.

“That’s why the boys have got that belief and it helps that you’ve got subs that can make a good impact.”

Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos scored a goal and set up another on the back of his screamer last week and his manager was pleased he was able to carry on his recent good form.

“Dimi has shown this year that he’s a great player and I still feel he can get better,” he said.

“This is probably the best season he’s had in the A-League.

“He’s shown that over the past few weeks that he can make a big difference for us.”

Brisbane host eighth placed Newcastle Jets next week and while their visitors’ season is effectively over, the fact a club the size of Sydney FC are also out of the running showed how strong the competition currently is.

“Every game is hard and we have to be up for every game,” he said.

“Tonight we had to dig deep in the 2nd half and ended up getting the win that we deserved.

“Now we focus on the Newcastle Jets which is going to be a difficult game.”

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