Aloisi proud of Roar comeback in Cairns

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Brisbane Roar head coach John Aloisi was proud of the character his side showed to come from behind to defeat the Wellington Phoenix 2-1 on Saturday night.

In the first Hyundai A-League game to ever be played in Cairns, substitutes Jean Carlos Solorzano and Steven Lustica scored late to cancel out Roy Krishna’s strike on the stroke of half time.

Aloisi said after a stagnant first half display it was vital changes were made to earn their first victory in four games.

“In the second half we lifted thanks to the subs we made and just a few things we tweaked at half,” he said.

While he has praised the mental strength of his players before, most notably after the physical battle with Melbourne City in Round Seven, Aloisi said he was extra proud of his charges after they recovered from a goal down to win.

“The boys showed good character,” he said.

“I know they have good character because I know what they have been through.”

The Roar team arrived in Cairns on Wednesday afternoon and Aloisi said he hoped the Roar would play more games up north after a rewarding trip.

“Definitely be happy to come up here again,” he said.

“Coming up here was great for us and for the people of Cairns and North Queensland.

“It was a really good three days for us and everyone involved.”

Roar defender and Cairns local Shane Stefanutto said he was relived more than anything to send the locals home happy with a win.

“I feel relieved to be honest,” he said.

“Knowing it’s probably my last game up here, I really wanted to win so I’ve got special memories and we did it.

“The boys did well in the second half so I’m really relieved, the atmosphere was good and it was great to see so much orange and heaps of little kids.”

Brisbane struggled to break down Wellington as they sat back in numbers and striker Jamie Maclaren in particular was guilty of spurning a host of chances.

Stefanutto said he felt his side deserved the win and he felt Maclaren could have had more.

“We’re entertainers so that’s how we do things these days. We keep everyone on edge,” he said.

“We had enough chances. It’s just great that Macca ended up getting that goal because I think he deserved at least one today.

“He probably deserved a hat trick to be honest. He’s a good lad so as long as he continues to work hard that’s all we expect.”

The Roar sit second in the table after their victory and now travel to face the Central Coast Mariners.

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Lochy McIvor
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