Aloisi hails hero Henrique

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Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi hailed the impact of his substitutes as his bench players rallied to earn a 1-0 against Perth Glory and push them to the top of the table.

Henrique came on for his first game in seven months to score the winner fifteen minutes from time, having been set up by new boy Javier Hervas on his first ever touch as a Roar player.

Aloisi said it was rewarding to be able to benefit from the use of his entire squad.

“That’s what you want from your substitutes, to come on and make a difference. We spoke about it during the week,” he said.

“Everyone’s up to it, we had players out today but it shows the depth that we’ve got.”

Aloisi said the introductions he made were vital to turning the game in his favour.

“I thought last time we played at home against Adelaide it was only one nil then we started to make subs and they made an impact,” he said.

“Tonight again we felt in the beginning of the second half that the game was stop start, we couldn’t really get going or get a rhythm and I thought it was time to make those subs.

“And we all know what Henrique can do. And Javier (Hervas) no one’s really seem him but I thought he made an impact. Devante (Clut) as well I thought he made an impact.”

Henrique scored past Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic with one of his first touches of the game and Aloisi said it was a testament to his hard work in recovering from a knee injury.

“It’s not only hard being out for long periods and not playing, you have your ups and downs and your little setbacks and then you feel good and then you get set back again,” he said.

“He had to go back to Brazil to do his rehab just after his operation and since he’s been back here with us I couldn’t have asked for any more from him in terms of his preparation.

“He’s been looking sharp in training and that’s why I included him in the squad.”

Aloisi said he understood how important the “Slippery Fish” was to Roar fans.

“You can sense that from the supporters, people come up to you and ask you about your team, Henrique is one of the first ones they ask you about,” he said.

“What he’s done for the club, winning championships, scoring important goals, it’s great for him and let’s hope there is more to come because I think he can still deliver for us and score a lot of goals.”

Brisbane’s next face a visit from Melbourne City on Friday.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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