Roar star pays tribute to teammates after netting winner

A modest Dimitri Petratos has played down his majestic left-footed winner after the Roar forward came off the bench to secure three points against Central Coast on Sunday.

In a round that had already seen a number of goals of the highest order Petratos added another one to the top shelf in sensational fashion.

With five minutes to play in Gosford the 23-year-old created room for himself just outside the box before curling a pinpoint strike inside the top corner to give his side a 1-0 win and send Roar back up to second.

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“After I came on I just tried to go out there and do my job and help the boys, and ended up getting the goal,” Petratos told Fox Sports post match.

“It was a good feeling, the boys worked hard throughout the whole game.

Roar players celebrate after Dimitri Petratos opened the scoring against Central Coast Mariners.

“It was a good build up play. We worked hard to get the ball back and we ended up scoring.”

Brisbane have made a habit of getting goals from their bench in recent weeks with Petratos’ decisive strike the fourth goal scored by one of John Aloisi’s substitutes in the last six rounds.

Petratos himself lost his place in Roar’s starting line-up for the Round 11 clash after Steven Lustica was rewarded for his goal against the Phoenix last week with a starting berth.

With Lustica withdrawn at half-time due to a hip injury and striker Jamie Maclaren also unable to see out the contest, Petratos’ goal was a timely reminder of his ability on both feet.

“You’ve got to prove something every game you play,” said Petratos.

“The coach makes his choices with the team and I’ve just got to accept it and do my job when I get on the field.”

Brisbane have spent the last four weeks on the road, having played last weekend’s “home” match in Cairns but will now look forward to back-to-back games at Suncorp over the New Year period.

Awaiting them next up is a mouth-watering clash against John Aloisi’s former club Melbourne City which will pit second against third to round out the year.

Petratos indicated his side had not looked that far ahead and would savour Sunday’s result before focusing on a City side flying high after their win in Saturday’s Melbourne derby.

“We’re very happy to get the three points and can’t wait to get back home to Suncorp to show our fans what we can do.”