Aloisi proud after Roar record rare win

Dec 30, 2017 - 4:32 PM Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi heaped praise on his players following their stirring 2-1 win A-League over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

The Roar took a 2-0 lead into the break on Saturday after goals from Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone before skipper Matt McKay was sent off in first-half injury time.

Adelaide bossed the second half and managed to pull a goal back through George Blackwood but the 10-man Roar survived the onslaught.

"I can't be prouder of the boys," Aloisi said.

"When everything is going against us and (they're) still able to put in a performance like that.

"I said to the boys at halftime let's show everyone the Brisbane Roar character."

Much of Brisbane's difficulties this season come down to a lengthy absentee list currently boasting Michael Theo, Daniel Bowles, Avraam Papadopoulos, Brett Holman, Jade North, Eric Bautheac and Ivan Franjic.

Aloisi said given the players missing and his side's position on the table, the victory was crucial in keeping their season alive.

The win temporarily lifts Brisbane to seventh, three points behind Perth Glory.

"It's a great result - a big one for us," he said.

"It's been well documented how many players that we've got out.

"We needed that win and it was a big one for us."

With extra player advantage for the entire second half, Kurz said the Reds had enough chances to salvage something from the match.

Substitute Michael Marrone hit the crossbar before Blackwood equalised, but the Reds couldn't find a way through the resolute Brisbane defence.

"When you see the result, then (we did) not (do) enough," Kurz said.

"But when you see the chances then I think we have enough chances to score goals."

"Today we only score one goal and we are not happy with this result."

Kurz said the Reds will quickly move on from the defeat and turn their attention to the next match against the Glory in Perth on Friday.

But, much to his disappointment, the German will have to do so without young stars Blackwood, Ben Garuccio and keeper Paul Izzo who will all be away on international duty with the under-23 Australia squad in January.

"For me it's not good that three young boys go to a tournament," he said.

"But that's the rules.

"I'm not happy with this decision but I have no chance to change it."

Source: AAP

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