Brisbane Roar has finally broken into the top six for the first time this season after a tumultuous campaign for John Aloisi’s men.

It’s no secret that this season has been one hell of a ride for Brisbane faithful and head coach Aloisi.

After winning just three matches heading into round 17 of the season Roar have now completely turned around their form, winning six of the last nine fixtures they’ve taken part in.

Over that nine-game run beginning with round 17 Brisbane is second to only Sydney FC in terms of points earned, a startling statistic that perfectly illustrates the swift change in fortunes in the river city.

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The positive vibe brewing out of Brisbane was echoed by home fans coming through the gates and recording the highest home attendance of the year in what will most likely be the final opportunity to see the Roar at home this season.

Perhaps the simple return of the Henrique to the club has sparked a revival of both fan connection and form that has skyrocketed Brisbane into finals action.

The sight of Henrique in the stands at the turn of the year led to Aloisi fielding a host of queries as to whether the slippery Brazilian would make a return to orange colours.

Aloisi refuted these claims for a few weeks until finally it was revealed that Henrique had indeed begun training with the squad in a bid to return to the A-League.

Fast forward a couple of months and the much-loved Henrique has now repaid the faith shown to him by the club, his eventual match-winner in the 13th-minute was just reward for a man that many wrote off.

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Aloisi on the other hand revealed post-match that a simple chat with Henrique was enough to earn a contract at the club.

“Look, when I spoke to Ricky I asked him what he wanted and he showed me that hunger and that’s the most important thing,” he said.

“If you see that hunger in someone’s eyes then you know.

“I know he’s quality because I’ve coached him before and I knew that he’d give us something and he’s had to work hard to get his match rhythm and fitness but he gives us something in that final third.”

A cup-final mentality had been uttered by Aloisi earlier in the season and if that same approach is still being carried through the club then the next two fixtures against their closest rivals for a finals spot will be the golden time for it to come to the fore.

Feature photo: BRFC photographer Paul Smith

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