Young Brisbane Roar defender Jack Hingert's effort in taking on Wellington Phoenix playmaker Paul Ifill in Sunday's third-round A-League match has impressed coach Rado Vidosic.
Phoenix continued its best ever start to a season with a 1-1 draw, a 16th minute goal to Belgian striker Stein Huysegems cancelled out in the 39th minute by Besart Berisha's cool finish.
Although the result brought Roar back to earth after last week's 5-0 goal-fest over Melbourne Victory, Vidosic was happy to come away from the always-challenging New Zealand fixture with a point.
He says Hingert's performance against the elusive and experienced Ifill was excellent.
Not only did he track Ifill relentlessly, the former North Queensland Fury defender worked hard in bringing the ball forward as Roar chased the win.
"He did really well - he played against Ifill, and that's not an easy task," Vidosic said.
Given the nod after Ivan Franjic was ruled out with a stomach injury, Hingert stepped up and although there are still a few areas needing work, Vidosic said the 22-year-old is developing promisingly.
"There were times when both our fullbacks went forward, so maybe there needs to be a bit of communication and game awareness," Vidosic said.
"But I think he did a good job."
Vidosic was also satisfied with the work put in by 20-year-old attacking midfielder Ben Halloran.
"He hasn't reached the heights he did last week, but I'm very pleased with the way he's progressing," Vidosic said.
"He's a such a young player, coming into a team that asks players to perform specific tasks.
"Once he learns a little bit more how to play with us, I think we'll see a much better Ben Halloran."
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