Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi has praised the match-saving performance of Jamie Young after the goalkeeper played a key role in his side’s 2-1 defeat of Perth Glory.
Young made eight saves to help the hosts claim a fourth straight victory, including a late one-on-one denial of Glory fullback Josh Risdon.
“Jamie has been doing well. At one-on-ones he’s one of the best in the league,” Aloisi said.
“The way we play, sometimes we might get caught in behind and it’s good to have someone that can save those one-on-one chances.
“We needed him today and he stood up. Every team needs a goalkeeper and I’m lucky to have two, so it’s a good headache to have for me.”
The victory, courtesy of second-half goals from Jamie Maclaren and substitute Henrique, means Roar now sit in equal first ahead of consecutive away trips.
Those fixtures will have to be negotiated without Maclaren and fellow Olyroos Brandon Borrello and James Donachie, but Aloisi believes the league leaders have the strength to overcome their absences.
“It’s something we have to deal with and we will deal with it,” he said.
“Henrique showed today coming in that he’s fighting for a place. We’ve got Solorzano coming back to fitness, Javi Hervas, still got Steven Lustica to come back from injury.
“We’ve got players that want to play, are training really hard to get their opportunity and when they do want to take it.”