Both coaches blame goalless match on wind

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Both Craig Deans and Warren Moon say the wind was the reason their side’s failed to find the back of the net in a goalless outing on Sunday.

The Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets head coaches were pleased to take one point away from Dolphin Stadium after the tough conditions prevented either side from finding a winner.

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Moon was pleased his team could manage a draw and handle the challenging conditions.

“I am sure Deansy would agree, the wind made that game really difficult game tonight,” he said.

“The wind played a fairly big factor in the game and probably the quality of the game. No one wants to play scrappy games, but we had to negotiate the conditions and defensively we did that tonight.

“I would have loved us to be a bit better on the ball but obviously taken into account what I just said about the conditions; we will take a point.”

While it took a while for Moon’s side to get going, the Roar coach said he was satisfied with their overall performance.

“It took us a good 20, 25 minutes to adjust to it, and while frustrating, the pleasing thing was we stayed in the game,” he said.

“The weather was looking pretty ominous before kick-off, and while the rain stayed away, it picked up the severity of the wind.”

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Newcastle’s Deans said it was a risk to run with the wind in the first half, but his side did not create enough chances to capitalise on.

“We talked about going against the win in the first half and then you can finish the game stronger, because that happens all the time,” he said.

“We took the risk of going with it in the first half, we probably didn’t get enough shots away.

“We had chances to shoot. Val [Yuel] hit the post, Stevie [Ugarkovic] had one from distance and that was probably it and that is not enough.

“We want to play good football, but if you have the wind like that, you have to make the most of it when you have it and we probably didn’t do that.”

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After holding the head coach position in an interim capacity until this week, Deans was willing to overlook his side’s performance.

“Defenders did their job; they defended the box well. It was difficult that last 15 minutes with that breeze behind Brisbane,” he said.

“We were under a lot of pressure and I thought we defended the box well. Set pieces we defended them well as well.

“We lacked a bit of quality with the ball tonight to be honest, but again I think the weather played its role in that.”

Even with the wind causing chaos for the Jets as the game went on, Deans was not designing any plans to combat the climate.

“It is what it is, it is the same for both teams. You get half a game each to go for it and if you can make something of it, good,” he said.

“I think if you plan for weather conditions you are setting yourself up to fail.”

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Despite Deans outlook, Moon believed his side needed to be better prepared for such events in the future.

“It’s not about making excuses,” Moon said.

“Tonight was probably different in the severity of the wind, it did really made it difficult for both sets of players.

“We will reflect on that and know we could do better with the ball, despite the wind.”

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