Adelaide United’s Dario Vidosic says he refused to celebrate his winning goal against Brisbane out of respect for his former club.
The Brisbane-born and raised midfielder decided Sunday’s A-League match against Brisbane – coached by his father Rado – with a third-minute strike, which deflected off the wall for the only goal of the afternoon.
The triumph over the A-League champions lifted the Reds two points clear on top of the table but a cautious Vidosic did not want to offend the Suncorp Stadium crowd with an over-exuberant celebration.
“I think about Mario Ballotelli, when he said ‘when the postman delivers the mail, he doesn’t celebrate either’,” he said.
“Once it goes in the back of the net there’s no need to celebrate, and especially here.
“When I played here I was voted fans’ favourite so I’ve got a lot of respect for the fans and also with dad being the coach, and I played with a lot of the guys, too.
“They’re all friends. And all my friends and family are Roar supporters. Definitely that respect is there.”
Vidosic paid the Roar further compliments, describing their play as ‘phenomenal’ despite failing to score for the third time this season.
In truth the men in orange were all over United but could not beat shot-stopper Eugene Galekovic, who pulled off a string of acrobatic saves to maintain the 1-0 lead.
“That’s football sometimes. Even Barcelona have played unbelievable games where you look back and just say, what could have been,” Vidosic said.
“They played very, very well and they created a number of chances. You can’t fault them, the final touch was just missing tonight.
“In a very long season you can’t play 27 perfect games. Tonight was that game and luck was on our side.
“We wanted to play football but they’re that good, that they force you back. That’s what they do to you.
“They strangle you into your defensive third but you have to credit the boys, they fought hard. There were a lot of tired legs out there.”