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Brillante to build on Brisbane bullet

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Josh Brillante is content to keep plugging away in Sydney FC's midfield - until the next time he gets a crack at goal from distance.

Until Saturday night Brillante's professional career read six years, six clubs, about 100 appearances, zero goals.

He could hardly have altered that last statistic with more pizzazz at Suncorp Stadium, taking advantage of Brisbane's first-half sloppiness to barrel home a 20-metre strike that proved unstoppable even for man of the match Michael Theo.

The expertly taken finish belied Brillante's apparent lack of taste for the back of the net.

Yet the Bundaberg-born 23-year-old described it as "my type of goal" from his ideal shooting range, and the perfect platform on which to build another element of his game.

"I'm quite happy to get the monkey off the back, now hopefully I can pull a few more out of the bag." Brillante told AAP.

"My position is not a position you really expect to be scoring all the time, but it's something I want to add to my game and definitely I think I can do that.

"Because if you're a midfielder who can score goals it's definitely a big positive."

Until the net beckons again, he's more than happy to continue making inroads in a vital but largely unsung role.

Brillante's central pairing with Brandon O'Neill has added enviable balance to Sydney's squad, their positional discipline and strong distribution helping the team tick all the way up the pitch.

"That's part and parcel of being a midfielder," he said.

"Working away and giving help to the defenders and a bit of support to the attack," he said.

"I'm not too fussed. I just do what I can for the team."

While Thomas Kristensen's second-half equaliser for the Roar forced runaway A-League leaders Sydney to drop their first points of the season, the Sky Blues' display will further boost confidence before hosting winless Adelaide this Saturday.

For Brillante, just playing regularly in a successful team has been a revelation following two well-documented turbulent years in Italy with Fiorentina.

"That was an important thing I wanted to bring back because it was so frustrating that I wasn't playing much - it was hard to enjoy it," he said.

"At the moment I'm enjoying the way we're playing and being on the pitch. That's a huge thing for me."

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