Back to the drawing board for the Roar after Wanderers defeat

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Having notched their first three points last week in an impressive come-from-behind win, the wheels seem to have fallen off once again for Brisbane Roar after a 1-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League Women. 

Western Sydney were yet to win a game as they travelled to Moreton Daily Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

A gritty display saw the Wanderers pick up their first three points of the season and only their third win ever away to Brisbane. 

Roar’s early season finishing woes seem to have come back to haunt them as they squandered chance after chance. 

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The Roar were unlucky not to open the scoring after Wanderers keeper Sarah Langman fumbled Katrina Gorry’s shot onto the line but she was able to clean up before it rolled over. 

“We’ve just got to be clinical, I mean, we’ve got to create our own luck and I think we create the chances we just need to capitalise on that,” said Roar assistant coach Kelly Crew. 

The Wanderers opened the scoring from the penalty spot with Bryleeh Henry slotting it home past Georgie Worth in goal for Brisbane after Olivia Price was brought down by Mariel Hecher in the 64th minute. 

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“It’s a game of inches to make a tackle on the field and maybe, you know, make a different decision in those attacking scenarios,” Crew said. 

As the Roar chased the game forward Shea Connors made a break only to shoot narrowly wide of the far post. 

“What we’re doing well is creating the chances, we’re just gonna need a bit more composure, the chances are there and hopefully it can all come together in the future,” Crew said. 

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The loss means the Roar are leapfrogged by the Wanderers on the table and now sit in eighth. 

Thus it’s back to the drawing board for coaches Gareth McPherson and Crew, whose team need to find some consistency soon if they’re any shot of making the finals series. 

“We’ve just got to continue creating those big moments in games and then recreate those in training. Really just aim for consistency and we can get the results and capitalise on those chances,” she said.

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The loss is Brisbane’s fourth of the season as they continue to struggle for match-day consistency.

Roar fans and coaches alike will hope the team can find their decisiveness in front of goal sooner rather than later and make a push up the table. 

“We’re on the way up, we’re improving, we just need to keep grinding, keep it consistent,” Crew said.

Feature image credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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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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