Ex­pe­ri­ence counts, Hen­rique says

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT - — Phil Dil­lon

Bris­bane vet­eran Hen­rique says the ex­pe­ri­ence in John Aloisi’s team could work to the Roar’s ad­van­tage come Fri­day’s knock­out fi­nal with Mel­bourne City at AAMI Park.

Aloisi has been crit­i­cised this sea­son for stack­ing his squad with play­ers over 30, in­clud­ing the Brazil­ian-born striker.

Hen­rique, who played in three A-League grand fi­nal wins dur­ing his first spell with the club and was re-signed by the Roar in Fe­bru­ary for the re­main­der of this cam­paign, said fi­nals foot­ball was men­tally tough and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers could deal with the ten­sion bet­ter.

“This time of year is the most im­por­tant and we (Bris­bane Roar) have been there (fi­nals) for eight sea­sons in a row,” said the 33-year-old, who be­came an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen in 2015.

“We know what we have to do and we are go­ing to go hard.

“We know that we have to win ev­ery game from now on in and we will be giv­ing 100 per cent to achieve that.”

The Roar play­ers had given them­selves a chance of mak­ing the top six fol­low­ing a 3-2 win over Perth.

They still needed some help from Ade­laide United, whose 3-2 suc­cess over West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers on Sun­day meant that Bris­bane se­cured the last fi­nals spot.

Hen­rique paid trib­ute to Ade­laide and said it was now time for the Bris­bane play­ers to do their bit and de­liver an­other A-League ti­tle.

“We are pretty happy to have ac­com­plished this mis­sion (of reach­ing the fi­nals),” he said.

“To reach fi­nals for us is a big com­pli­ment but now we start again. Now we just have to ac­com­plish an­other mis­sion.”

PHOTO: AAP

OLD HAND: Hen­rique has high hopes for the Roar.

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