The most encouraging thing about this game was the way the Roars built pressure patiently throughout the second half until the late goal came. This kind of highly functional, disciplined performance against a quality team is a new side the Roars' collective personality. They are usually more inclined to get over excited and push too hard too early at home, inevitably conceding on counter attack at some point.
It helped that Sydney came to play, in fact Sydney had the best of the first half by a whisker but the Roars hung on despite some excellent play lucky touches from Alex Brosque. Sydney looked like they were missing Aloisi and Bridge was missing everything.
As for the Roars, it was a solid game all round. Once again Ivan Franic was impressive and would push Craig Moore for man of the match. David Dodd had one of his best games yet (ok the bar is pretty low, so lets not get carried away). Sergio Van Dijk is just not as involved when he is used in this two up front system, however he keeps popping up with the goals, he is the goal mouth predator the Roar have missed all these years.
The 7,500 odd in attendance will once again be the talking point. Sunday afternoon games are killing the A-League. Something needs to be done, because the football on the pitch has been the best ever but the scheduling of games is letting the code down.