Player Ratings: Perth Glory 2 Brisbane Roar 3 – Too slippery to...

Player Ratings: Perth Glory 2 Brisbane Roar 3 – Too slippery to handle

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Super sub Henrique has inspired Brisbane Roar to a crucial 3-2 win over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night, and it just might be enough to secure a finals place. 

Perth Glory

Liam Reddy – 6: His long clearance drew his opposite number out of goals when really it should not have. Swept well when needed and could do little about Henrique’s goals.

Shane Lowry – 5.5: Not directly to blame for any goal but shipped three, including one from a set piece which will disappoint the captain.

Alex Grant – 5.5: He and Lowry’s hands were full with Maccarone, who used his body well.

Scott Neville – 6: Toiled hard on the right-hand side but could not change the outcome.

Joe Mills – 5.5: Outmuscled by Eric Bautheac which saw the ball draw beyond him to Kristensen, who scored. Was below his best

Neil Kilkenny – 6.5: Effectively played as a third centre-half at times, dropping into the defence to receive possession and carry the ball forward. Played his part but it did not get much better after that.

Xavi Torres – N/A: Only got through a quarter of an hour before picking up a hamstring injury.

Joel Chianese – 6.5: Busy down the right and gave Franjic plenty to think about but his delivery and decision-making was poor in key moments

Diego Castro – 4.5: Did not hit the dazzling heights that are expected of El Maestro. Quality was lacking on the ball and missed a penalty.

Adam Taggart – 7: Scored an opportunist goal out of fairly nothing to give Perth the lead. Tried hard for more elsewhere and helped force an own goal.

Andy Keogh – 5: Suffered from a lack of decent delivery. Cut a frustrated figure with a booking some 15 minutes into the second half. Lucky not to get sent off.

Substitutes

Andreu – 5: Replaced Torres early but was then bizarrely substituted later. His replacement Jake Brimmer offered more of an offensive threat, at least on paper.

Chris Harold – N/A: Had a couple of decent sighters but could not hit the target.

Jake Brimmer – N/A: No real impact.

 

Brisbane Roar

Jamie Young – 6: What on earth was he doing? Taggart punish a horror moment for the goalkeeper which left heads everywhere being scratched. Gave away a penalty but saved it.

Jack Hingert – 7: It should not have mattered, but an attempted clearing header off Reddy’s kick fell into the lap of Taggart, who looped one over Young. Got forward well in the second half

Ivan Franjic – 5.5: Did not offer a whole lot going forward and had his hands full with Chianese, though was not punished.

Connor O’Toole – 7.5: Good performance from the youngster considering he was playing in an unfamiliar position. Made a couple of mistakes but nothing at all calamitous.

Jacob Pepper – 6.5: The elder statesman of the makeshift centre-back two led a fairly tight ship. That said, lost concentration and conceded a late own goal under pressure from Taggart.. Ran a tight disciplinary gauntlet.

Thomas Kristensen – 7.5: As normal, was the first point of transition sitting just in front of the back four. Netted with an emphatic strike to really out the cat among the pigeons.

Matt McKay – 7: Credited with an assist for Kristensen’s strike

Eric Bautheac – 8: Dangerous, particularly after half time, and took Mills out of the picture in the lead-in to the second goal. Should have scored to seal it in the 76th minute but offered some nice width elsewhere.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah – 5.5: Had some good moments but did not produce anything overly noteworthy.

Brett Holman – N/A: Lasted only 26 minutes before injury forced him off.

Massimo Maccarone – 8: Did not have a whole lot of sights of his own, though should have had a goal. Worked around the pitch to receive the ball and played a brilliant pass to Henrique for his second.

Substitutes

Henrique – 8.5: Super sub. Netted a wonderful strike just a couple of minutes after coming on and got another after the break. Had a major say on proceedings and went close to grabbing a hat-trick.

Corey Gameiro – N/A: Could have scored with his first touch.

Mitch Oxborrow – N/A: Added late fresh legs in midfield and wound down the clock.

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