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Postecoglou delighted his Brisbane Roar charges struck back in second half

Brisbane Roar boss Ange Postecoglou was delighted that his players managed to turn around a lacklustre first half showing to eventually haul in and beat Melbourne Heart yesterday.

The Roar trailed by a goal up until the 65th minute, when Kosta Barbarouses canceled out Gerald Sibon's opener, before Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano grabbed a late winner from close range.

Although Postecoglou admits his side may have been lucky to not fall behind further after Heart's goal, he was full of praise for his charges after they completed a tough fightback.

"We were very flat in that first half and to their credit they started stronger and really came at us," Postecoglou said.

"We sat back which is very unlike us and were probably lucky to get away with being one nil down at half time.

"In the first half I don't think we had too many winners.

"The whole team stepped up in the second half and we played more like ourselves."

Postecoglou singled out second half substitutes Ivan Franjic and Mitch Nichols for their contributions but was sure to give the entire team some positive words.

"Ivan and Mitch were good when they came on and they changed the game for us," he added.

"But as I said, I thought the whole team stepped up and we deserved the win in the end with the chances we created."

The league leaders went four points clear of second-placed Adelaide United with the win ahead of Wednesday's away clash with Newcastle Jets.

Andrew Slevison
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