Roar still looking for shooting boots after second loss

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Brisbane Roar have lost their opening two games of the season for only the third time after falling to Perth Glory for the second time in subsequent weeks. 

Garrath McPherson’s squad extend their search for a first three points of the season into next week after losing 1-0 at home to Perth on Friday night. 

The match was very much reminiscent of the previous week’s fixture; both teams battled intently all game with a late, and arguably lucky, winner from Perth’s Alana Jancevski sealing the result in favour of the away side. 

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“It sucks. it really does, I think we felt that we probably created enough chances across the two games to take some points but we need to learn to control the back end of games and continue to work to be better,” said McPherson.

The Roar were fast out of the blocks and looked to pressure the Glory high up the pitch winning the ball numerous times in their attacking third. 

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However, their final product, at times, just wasn’t as clinical as McPherson would have hoped.

“The group of players we have they want to play an energetic and positive game, their batteries are always charged up and that’s what we want; to play fast at all times,” he said.  

A lack of top level experience may be to blame for Brisbane’s finishing woes in the eyes of the coach. 

“We created chances tonight as well as plenty in the last match and that is something we’re working on [being clinical]; we have an inexperienced squad compared to much of the league around us,” he said. 

The Roar had more than double the amount of shots to the Glory (20 to eight) as well as shots on target (six to three).

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They simply failed to make the most of the ball when they had it in dangerous areas and struggled to find that killer pass or defining shot. 

Brisbane did draw two strong saves from Glory number one Morgan Aquino but McPherson must’ve been hoping for more after scoring early on last week in Perth. 

The killer blow came in the 86th minute when Jancevski volleyed a corner clearance back low into the box; the ball ricocheted off a Roar boot and wrong footed Georgina Worth in the Brisbane goal, spiralling up and into the top left corner. 

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One of the few positives for Brisbane and coach McPherson was the introduction of veteran Katrina Gorry early on in the second half, signaling her steady return to full fitness. 

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“She’s getting pretty close now we might need to make a decision on whether or not we wait for her to be ready to start and use training sessions or training games to get her ready but I think also given the experience she provides out there her coming back is really important for us.

“You can see tonight that there’s a vast improvement from last week to this week [In Gorry’s fitness]. 

Brisbane must now forget the pain of losing two straight as they gear up to face last year’s champions Melbourne Victory in their round three fixture. 

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McPherson isn’t worried however. 

“I can’t wait, we’ve watched video and have a game plan set and ready to go; it’s just about getting on the pitch now and executing,” he said. 

The Roar sit ninth in the league after the worst possible start to their 2021/22 campaign. 

Feature image credit: Ash Ramos

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Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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