Hore the hero as the Roar begin to show their teeth

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There was real relief for Warren Moon as Brisbane Roar bagged their first win of the 2021/22 season against Perth Glory on Wednesday night and look to advance on a mid-season resurgence. 

“I guess the feeling is one of relief, particularly as the longer it went on it started to feel like it wasn’t going to happen,” said Moon.

The Roar controlled much of the game as the Glory looked sluggish throughout owing to their 42-day hiatus from league matches. 

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“I thought the performance was outstanding tonight, I think we dominated that game pretty much from start to finish,” he said. 

Despite controlling much of the game and boasting 28 shots throughout the 90 minutes, it took a goal-line scramble and a smart touch from substitute Henry Hore to seal the three points. 

“The frustration [for me] was we weren’t clinical and we still haven’t been clinical enough throughout the season in front of goal but in the end the important thing is that first win of the season,” he said. 

Hore’s first goal in the A-League Men could be the spark Brisbane need to get a torrid campaign back on track.

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“Really pleased for young Henry as a young Queenslander that’s been patient, a bit unlucky with COVID and a couple of injuries but he comes on tonight makes a huge difference and gets his reward with the winning goal,” he said.

The win sees the Roar leapfrog the Glory and Wellington Phoenix on the A-League Men’s table moving them up to eighth. 

It was also a clear marker that Brisbane are improving and growing more every game as a squad.

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“I’m pleased that we built on the midweek Cup game into the weekend away trip to Sydney and onto tonight,” Moon said.

Brisbane had looked stagnant in their 2021/22 campaign with three draws and no wins from five matches.

This win, however, is a big confidence boost for a young squad.

“There’s a real progression in what we’re trying to do with the ball and how we’re trying to play, tonight I think we deserved everything we got,” Moon said. 

Shutting out two exceptional strikers in Bruno Fornarolli and his replacement Daniel Sturridge shows that Brisbane’s shaky defence can indeed lock a game down.

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“The defence as a whole played really well tonight in shutting them [Perth Glory] out, I thought we worked exceptionally hard today, when we didn’t have the ball,” he said.

The Roar will face Adelaide United on Sunday and back-to-back wins would see them jump Adelaide and join the top eight which looked like an impossibility less than a week ago. 

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar

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Bill Hedley
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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