Farina: It was huge

Queensland Roar coach Frank Farina has described the action-packed 4-3 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night as 'huge'.

Queensland Roar coach Frank Farina has described the action-packed 4-3 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night as 'huge'.

The Roar fought back from a goal down to score a crucial Round 19 Hyundai A-League win and leapfrog the Mariners on the ladder into third place with two rounds left to play and the Roar still holding the advantage of a game in hand against Adelaide.

"It is a great win, a huge win particularly away from home," Farina said after the win over the Central Coast.

"Both sides had some good chances in the first half that we missed but I never thought it was going to turn out like that after coming in at half-time 1-1. We knew the Central Coast was going to come back because they always do."

"But any win at this stage of the season is a good win, irrespective of how you do it."

Farina conceded the away win was also an important psychological edge considering they could meet the Mariners in the semis.

"They are always tight games against the Central Coast … I can't remember when it was easy," he said. "We know if we have to play the Central Coast we are going to be in for a hard time."

The Roar boss singled out Tahj Minniecon, who looked dangerous all night and was responsible for claiming two goals, and Michael Zullo for special mention in the victory. He also defended goalkeeper Griffin McMaster, whose blunder allowed Matt Simon to score Central Coast's second goal.

"He (McMaster) made two terrific saves at the end there and he made some before he made the stuff-up but he had a good game for his first game in," Farina said. "He made a horrible mistake but I thought Vukovic made a horrible one as well. So that probably evens the ledger up."

"I thought Zullo and particularly Minniecon were outstanding. It certainly makes the big fella's job (Van Dijk) much easier when they are doing well. I thought Tahj was Man of the Match - he was just outstanding tonight."

"He has shown his professionalism in terms of the fact that he knows he is on the move next year. I just said to him last week when it all came that to show his professionalism to put in the effort at training and in games for the club and he has done that - it is a good learning curve for him."

Farina also indicated he wasn't overly concerned with the fact his side conceded three goals in the victory.

"Everyone is pressing to win games so you are going to concede," he said. "But we made two horrible mistakes tonight, maybe even three."

"It was very unusual for Craig (Moore) with the third but he has put his hand up for that. He was too busy arguing with the referee and he got caught out when normally he would have lapped that up."

"The first one we failed to clear the ball and they got in and scored and obviously Griffin with the second one. You'd like to think in one game you are not going to make three terrible mistakes like that."

"But I just hope they are all out of the way all the other teams are conceding goals too so I am not more concerned than they will be concerned for themselves."