Brisbane Roar’s tenacity shone through as they secured a point at the death in Sunday’s season opening 1-1 draw with Perth Glory, according to captain Tom Aldred.
A stoppage time header from Roy O’Donovan cancelled out Glory's Chris Ikonomidis’ first half strike to snatch a point for a fresh-faced Roar outfit.
Speaking post-match, Aldred said he was delighted with his side’s strong second half performance against the defending champions.
“We came against a tough Perth side and they caused us problems, it was just a case of weathering the storm and keeping it at 1-0," Aldred said.
“In the second half, I felt we looked like the fitter side and in the end we had a mentality about us to keep going.
“It’s very enjoyable to get the point out of the game and it’s what I felt we deserved after the second half performance,” Aldred said.
Aldred was one of ten players to make their BRFC Hyundai A-League debuts in Sunday’s season opener in the West.
“I am buzzing to have made my [Hyundai] A-League debut and very proud to have captained the side,” Aldred said.
“I watched the games over the last couple of days and I’ve been really impressed with it [Hyundai A-League].”
After a captivating introduction to the Hyundai A-League, Aldred is looking forward to further making his mark on the competition.
“I was very impressed with the occasion and I am really excited for the remainder of the season,” the central defender concluded.
The Roar now have a week off before their home opener at Suncorp Stadium against Melbourne Victory on Friday, 25 October (6:30pm KO). Get your tickets HERE.