A united, brave and valiant performance has seen Brisbane Roar secure a valuable three points against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
The visitors put on a superb defensive effort in the face of attacking waves from the hosts in the second half to record their third win of the Hyundai A-League season and finish 2017 on a high.
Head Coach John Aloisi said he couldn't be more proud of his side's willingness to not give in.
“It means so much to the club because it has been a difficult season. There is one thing Brisbane Roar won’t do and that’s give up. These boys showed that they will never give up, they will always keep going,” Aloisi said.
“It’s a big result for us. I said at half-time, let’s show Brisbane Roar character. The boys made sure they picked themselves up after the break and got the job done.
“I can’t be more proud of the boys putting in a defensive performance like that – not only the back four, but the whole team.
“We worked on quite a few things during the week and one of the them was the way we could catch them (Adelaide United) out when they look to play out and we did that for both goals.”
The Roar struck twice in the late stages of the first half, with Fahid Ben Khalfallah playing a crucial role in both goals.
The Tunisian netted the first strike himself before turning provider in the shadows of half-time for Massimo Maccarone, who calmly converted for a third consecutive game, taking his season tally to seven.
Brisbane were forced to play with 10-men after Matt McKay was sent off late in the first half with Reds striker George Blackwood ensuring a tense ending when he cut the deficit in half with a tick over 20 minutes to play.
The Reds pushed hard for an equaliser but weren't able to find a way to breach the Roar defence, who desperately defended their lead.
The win moves the Roar to seventh on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
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STORY OF THE GAME
- The Roar were forced to defend valiantly in the first-half as the hosts fired more shots at goal, but weren't able to get the better of the visitors.
- Brisbane made the most of their opportunities with Fahid Ben Khalfallah forcing two turnovers that both led directly to goals - one for himself & the second for Massimo Maccarone.
- Matt McKay was sent off in the final stages of the first half after a VAR review.
- George Blackwood cut the deficit to one partway through the second half but a courageous effort from John Aloisi's men kept the visitors at bay holding on for a valuable and important win.
Brisbane Roar - Ben Khalfallah 33' - 0-1
Isaias is chased down by Fahid Ben Khalfallah who wins the ball away from the Reds midfielder before rounding Paul Izzo and converting into an empty net.
Brisbane Roar - Maccarone 45' - 0-2
FBK pinches the ball off Nathan Konstandopoulos this time around before playing in Massimo Maccarone who finishes calmly, coolly chipping Izzo.
Adelaide United - Blackwood 69' - 1-2
The Reds break and the Roar defence do tremendously well to keep an original effort out, but the ball rebounds out to George Blackwood who taps home from point-blank range.
Hyundai A-League Round 13: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Saturday, 30 December
Adelaide United 1 (Blackwood 69')
Brisbane Roar 2 (Ben Khalfallah 33', Maccarone 45')