We should have won that game: Moon

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Brisbane Roar head coach Warren Moon admits his side should have beat Western Sydney Wanderers in their 1-1 Easter Saturday clash.

The Roar coach was disappointed his side did not make the most of their second half chances, as they were left to rue a slow start.

“We’re disappointed, we should have won that game. We had enough clear-cut chances to win that game,” Moon said.

“There’s no getting around the first 20 minutes of that game, we weren’t good enough.”

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The Brisbane boss said it was the same story, with the Roar failing to grab three points since their 5-2 win against Melbourne Victory almost two months ago.

“It’s quite simple, we are not taking our chances,” he said.

“At 1-1, we had two very good chances to go on and take the lead and take control of the game like we should have.

“It took us too long to get into the game. We got better … but we have to be ready to go.”

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Moon said he delivered a reality check at half time, admitting his side needed to lift their intensity if they had any chance of winning.

“The reality is we are where we are on the table. We’re not that good of a side to not be able to compete for every ball, follow runners, get tight and be aggressive,” Moon said.

“They probably needed to hear that because our second half response was good, from the get-go, we got into the game.”

The second half hero for the Roar was Joe Champness, who inspired his side in a scintillating start to the second half.

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“Joey definitely had a great 15-minute spell in the second half,” he said.

“That’s what we can see from Joe. He’s a talented footballer and he needs to show that more.

“But tonight, was a really good moment for Joey and for me, because that’s the Joey I know. That’s what Brisbane Roar wants to see, him performing like that.”

Whilst Moon was impressed with the improved second half, he said his side could not make excuses for their lack of goals if they were a chance of playing finals football.

“We are where we’re at and there’s a reason for that. We won’t make excuses, we’re in it together,” Moon said.

“As a group, we’ve got to find ways and solutions now to score goals and if we can do that, then I’m really confident we can go on a run and win games again and push ourselves up the table.”

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Whilst he is aware his side needs to win more matches to be in finals contention, Moon believes they are not far away.

“If we don’t make the finals, because we don’t win enough games, then that’s the honest reality of where we are as a side,” he said.

“It’s not all doom and gloom. The table is close, and we’re not that far away. If we want it enough and if we can find some results, we’ll find ourselves back in the six.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.
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