Man-of-the-match Thomas Broich felt a draw with Perth Glory was a good result considering the injury issues Brisbane Roar faced in the west on Saturday night.
Key fullbacks Jack Hingert and Corey Brown didn’t make the trip to nib Stadium and Roar’s chances took a hit when Thomas Kristensen was forced to pull out late after picking up an injury in the warm-up.
But despite the absence of the trio – plus seeing Jamie Maclaren and Tommy Oar go off early in the second half - a patched-up Roar battled to a 2-2 draw with Glory at nib Stadium.
Youngsters Joe Caletti and Dane Ingham – who scored his first Hyundai A-League goal just before half-time – were excellent for John Aloisi’s side as they secured what could be a valuable point in the race for a top four spot.
“Overall it was a pretty decent performance considering we had so many young and inexperienced guys playing tonight,” Broich told Fox Sports.
“It was actually fun and really positive.
“We had TK [Kristensen] missing and our fullbacks Hingert and Brown, who have been fantastic all season and they weren’t here tonight.
“It was time for everyone else to step up and the boys have done a fantastic job.”
Maclaren scored his 11th goal of the campaign to edge Roar in front in the first half, only for Nebojsa Marinkovic to equalise before Ingham capped a brilliant performance with his clinical finish to make it 2-1 at the break.
But Adam Taggart equalised again for the home side just three minutes into the second half to ensure the points were shared.
Roar now have just three days to recover before they are in action again, kicking off their AFC Champions League group stage at home to Muangthong United.
“It’s good fun. I’d rather play than train, so happy days,” Broich said with a smile.
After their ACL clash on Tuesday night, Roar then hosts Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday afternoon.