Elated striker Bruce Djite says he knew Adelaide United were on track to win the A-League grand final when he saw youngster Bruce Kamau "rinsing" experienced Western Sydney defender Scott Jamieson.
Kamau, 21, scored the opening goal in the Reds' 3-1 victory at Adelaide Oval on Sunday and proved a dynamic attacking outlet for the first-time champions.
Djite said he only needed to look at the Kenyan-born winger to get a feeling his side was taking an unassailable hold of the game.
"Probably (knew) when Bruce Kamau was rinsing Jamo," Djite said.
"That was just fantastic to see from this young player.
"Jamieson is one of the best left-backs in the league - if not the best - and he really made a difficult game for him.
"Before the game (Marcelo) Carrusca said to me, 'Look at Brucey man, do you reckon he's nervous or stressed?'
"I said, 'Man that guy there, he's more relaxed than anyone in the changeroom'.
"He brought that onto the field and what a fantastic game he played."
Djite's compliments to teammates continued, claiming David Beckham would have been proud of Isaias' dazzling set-piece goal, which earned the Spaniard the Joe Marston Medal as best on ground.
The 29-year-old did not continue his recent scoring spree against the Wanderers but his workrate was laudable in front of a crowd of 50,119.
And the emotion of the result was "over-bearing", especially as he'd been a part of the side that lost the 2007 grand final 6-0 to Melbourne Victory.
"I remember that changeroom after that game, distraught was probably a good word for it," Djite said.
"The changeroom now is pure elation and these boys know how to party.
"We work hard and can play a bit harder I think."
Djite also hailed coach Guillermo Amor and his club's culture, once condemned as a "pissant town" by former United coach Aurelio Vidmar.
"We've got a new mentality, new philosophy," he said.
"The competitive advantages this club has are significant.
"Amor is probably the most experienced coach in terms of big games as a player ... the coach played a big part in this.
"He took us to another level, there's no doubt about it."
"And then you've got a special team with talented players, but also a talented team.
"That was the difference between us and a lot of other teams.
"I can't speak highly enough of the boys, the players are fantastic. And not one ego, it's so rare.
"It really is that togetherness that gets us through."