Aloisi “couldn’t be prouder” of Roar after comeback

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In one of the most exciting games of the season, Brisbane Roar came from behind to claim an important 3-2 victory against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

After a mixed run of results over the past two months, including a couple of demoralising thrashings, the win over the league leaders was a much needed shot in the arm and the Roar now sit level on points with the Wanderers.

Head coach John Aloisi has talked up his side’s mental strength throughout the season and said the game on Friday night embodied their grit.

“The boys showed their character,” he said.

“Not many team when they go 2-1 down to the Wanderers after two losses will come out and do what our boys did.

“They kept going and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The Roar went ahead after just five minutes and were looking good value for their lead until the Wanderer’s response in the second half sparked an enthralling back-and-forth finish.

“We thought that we were quite comfortable 1-0 up in the first half and we thought that we played quite well,” he said.

“Just disappointed that we let them back into the game.”

Andreu scored from the penalty spot on the 70 minute mark to equalise before Romeo Castelen grabbed the go ahead goal shortly after.

Many teams would have folded and Aloisi said their response, via Jamie Maclaren and Dimitri Petratos in the closing stages, was rich reward for their endeavour.

“To win that in the last 12 minutes from 2-1 down just shows the strength of character,” he said.

“People doubt them but we don’t.”

Aloisi believed the comeback was always on the cards.

“Something that we spoke about before the game was that we never stop,” he said.

“We always have to keep going because we know that we’ll create opportunities against any opposition.

“We knew that we weren’t out of it.”

After a poor run of form, Roar’s head coach said they were now set to end the season on a high and each game was just as important as the next.

“We knew we’d have a bit of a dip physically in February – it’s normal,” he said.

“We actually want to hit our peak physically come March and April. I’m not making excuses for our losses but we know we’re going to come home strong.

“Next week’s going to be the biggest game of the season.”

New signing Tommy Oar didn’t feature on the night but is set to be an important part of the run-in.

“We want him to help us this season but we also want to build for the future and he’s going to be a big player for us.”

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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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