Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren might have stolen the headlines but Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says his side's 3-0 A-League win over Adelaide United on Saturday night was built on defence.
Desperate to put things right after leaking three goals in Wellington last week, the Roar provided the perfect response to their first loss of the season by shutting out a misfiring Reds outfit and keeping a clean sheet for the first time since March.
The 3-0 scoreline might suggest the Roar did it easy against United but it was anything but.
Brisbane spent most of the second stanza camped in their own half, at times holding onto what was a slender 1-0 lead for dear life as Adelaide searched for an opening.
It never presented itself, largely due to strong work from a Roar back four led by the versatile Daniel Bowles and another heroic performance from goalkeeper Jamie Young.
"We knew it was going to be the case, Adelaide will have their spells in the game where they dominate you a little bit," Aloisi said.
"They can do it to any team in this league and we had to defend well.
"I thought on a number of occasions we did.
"It also helps when you've got two good goalkeepers, so if one's not playing (Michael Theo), the other one's there to make an important save that helped us win the game."
The win lifts Brisbane into second spot on the ladder, one point behind Sydney FC, who moved to the summit after accounting for Central Coast Mariners in Saturday's other A-League fixture.
The Roar travel to Sydney next week to face the Sky Blues in what shapes as a blockbuster top-of-the-table clash on Friday night.
"I'm expecting mind games from Arnie as he normally will," Aloisi said.
"But we'll just focus on what we have to do.
"We're confident against any side in this league. We know Sydney's a good side, Arnie's a good coach.
"If we keep on improving we should be OK, but it's going to be a difficult game."