Decorated goalkeeper Michael Theo has admitted the Brisbane Roar enjoyed some luck in making it through to their third A-League decider in four seasons.
Theo conceded the Roar were fortunate not to be forced into extra-time in their 1-0 semi-final win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday night after the visitors howled for a stoppage-time penalty.
Melbourne coach Kevin Muscat was seething post-match that referee Stebre Dilovski waved away their appeals after Brisbane skipper Matt Smith slid into Mark Milligan in the box.
The veteran goalkeeper, who won two titles with the Victory before adding another two more to his tally with the Roar, saw it as an extremely difficult call for Dilovski.
“The referee has a split-second decision to make and it’s a tough call,” Theo said on Monday. “Fortunate for us he didn’t blow for the penalty.
“You see them given and sometimes they’re not, and fortunate for us it wasn’t given.
“From Melbourne Victory’s point of view they will be disappointed.”
But Theo believed Brisbane, who wrapped up the premiership with three regular-season rounds to spare, should have killed off the game before the visitors had two gilt-edged chances in injury time.
“You look at the 90 minutes and I think we thoroughly deserve to progress,” he said.
“We have been the most consistent team all year and I think it would have been an injustice if we didn’t go through to the grand final.”
The record-setting Theo will now line up for his fifth grand final in eight years when the Roar host Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
Brisbane’s medical staff remain confident winger Dimitri Petratos will overcome major ankle swelling to line up at Suncorp Stadium.