Impressive Roar see off Victory in Melbourne
A courageous and impressive performance has seen us climb back into the top six with a 2-1 victory over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
Two first-half goals & some valiant defending at the death was enough for the Roar to hold on for their fourth win in the last five away trips and ends an 11-game winless streak at the venue.
Man of the Match Brett Holman netted the ultimately decisive strike and said the opening 45 minutes was one of the Roar's best displays of the campaign.
"The first half was one of our best halves of the season. We stuck to our guns, we knew they were going to come out flying and we handled it really well," Holman said.
"In the second half, we held out and I think we saw a little bit of that Brisbane Roar fighting spirit."
Massimo Maccarone improved an impressive goal-scoring record in his maiden Hyundai A-League season in the opening stages, putting Brisbane in front with a clinical finish inside 10 minutes.
The Italian marquee then turned provider, sliding the ball into the path of Brett Holman on the counter who composed himself before doubling the lead with a vicious finish past Lawrence Thomas.
The hosts grew into the encounter, and despite placing the Roar under tremendous pressure in the second half, rarely tested Jamie Young until an unstoppable shot from James Troisi found the postage stamp and cut the Roar's lead in half with less than 10 minutes to play.
The visitors showed incredible character to withstand more pressure as the Victory searched for an equaliser, much to the pleasure of fullback Jack Hingert, who praised the Roar's attitude and fighting spirit.
"We're very happy with the result. In the second half when we were under the pump, we stuck to our structures and were compact and desperate," Hingert said.
"I'm proud of the boys – it was a great fight."
Brisbane now don't return to Hyundai A-League action until Saturday, 24 February when Newcastle Jets make the trip north to Suncorp Stadium.
STORY OF THE GAME
- A frenetic start brought about an early lead for the Roar through Massimo Maccarone which was then doubled by Brett Holman shortly before the half-hour mark.
- Brisbane started the second-half on the front foot, creating a number of clear cut chances to no avail before the Victory had a period of sustained pressure.
- The second-half unfolded predominately inside Brisbane's half and the Roar kept the visitors at bay until James Troisi wickedly netted the Victory's first in the dying stages.
- Italian marquee Massimo Maccarone now has nine goals in his debut season in Orange, while since returning from injury former Socceroo Brett Holman has scored three goals in the last four Hyundai A-League matches for John Aloisi's side.
Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 7' – 0-1
Fahid Ben Khalfallah whips a ball into the area which Leigh Broxham only clears as far as Massimo Maccarone on the edge of the box before the Italian clinically buries a shot into the bottom right corner.
Brisbane Roar – Holman 28' – 0-2
Thomas Kristensen forces a turnover in midfield before the experienced heads of Maccarone and Brett Holman combine before the latter cuts inside Jason Geria and coolly beats Lawrence Thomas at the near post
Melbourne Victory – Troisi 83' – 1-2
A clearance only reaches James Troisi outside the area who then turns onto his left boot and fires a shot right up where the spiders live.
Hyundai A-League Round 20: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday, 9 February
Melbourne Victory 1 (Troisi 83')
Brisbane Roar 2 (Maccarone 7', Holman 28')