Brisbane Roar hero Erik Paartalu says a Matt McKay speech at the turnaround of extra-time inspired their amazing grand final triumph yesterday.
Paartalu admits he had all but given up hope with Central Coast Mariners 2-0 up in extra-time. But after Henrique's effort, the former Greenock Morton midfielder struck with the final touch of the 120 minutes to send the A-League GF into a penalty shootout.
"I was basically resigned to the fact the Mariners had won. I just thought it's not our day," Paartalu admitted.
"I had given up. But Matty McKay came out and gave a great speech and we all responded."
McKay shrugged when asked about his inspirational words: "No one can tell me that you can't score two goals in 15 minutes of football.
"I told them that and they believed ... and it happened."For all the latest football news go to tribalfootball.com.