Henrique shows Roar composure

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Grand Final hero Henrique says his title-clinching goal was an apt reward for a great deal of hard work over the course of the season.

The tiny Brazilian forward has shown his mettle in the A-League decider before, scoring the final penalty when Brisbane Roar won their first championship in 2011, but this time there were no spot kicks needed after he blasted his team in front late in stoppage time.

The Roar had gone behind to Western Sydney Wanderers before departing striker Besart Berisha salvaged their title hopes with a goal in the 86th minute, which sent the match into extra time.

Describing the moment when he controlled the ball in the Wanderers area from a James Donachie cross and blasted it into the net, Henrique said he knew exactly what to do.

"I was very prepared for this moment," he said.

"I worked very hard all season and my reward was this goal.

"It wasn't just today, it was the whole season, and when I got the ball, straight away I knew; control the ball, put it in the back of the net."

Henrique has made his mark when coming off the bench this season, with his guile and speed off the mark causing problems for tiring defenders.

"I don't want to be known as a 'super sub' because every player wants to play 90 minutes," Henrique said.

"Unfortunately I can't (always) play, but that's what I want.

"However long I play, I'll do my best."

The 28-year-old expressed his hunger for further success with the Roar, who have now claimed three A-League crowns in four years, while also paying tribute to the Brisbane crowd and his own family.

"I know that many people are behind me.

"I love the crowd.

"The most important people behind me are my family, they support me in the good moments and the bad moments as well, so I love all of them.

"We can't compare Grand Finals, they're all very different and they're all very special.

"That's in the past, this one is new, and I'm already thinking about the next one."

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