McPherson confident Roar can still make finals despite late City loss

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Brisbane Roar head coach Garrath McPherson believes converting chances is what will help his side win games.

Their most recent A-League Women fixture saw Roar face Melbourne City at home.

Despite Brisbane sitting at seventh on the table and Melbourne City sitting at second, the Roar seemed to be the dominant side for most of the game.

The Roar’s constant pressure on City’s defence and build-up play eventually led to a penalty which saw Katrina Gorry bury the ball in the back of the net, giving Brisbane a much-deserved lead.

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However, City soon equalised through a free-kick and in dramatic fashion took the lead in the dying moments of the game through yet another free-kick.

Roar remain in seventh place as a result of the 2-1 loss, but their final hopes are not yet dead.

McPherson is confident that his side can win games, and as a result, still make the finals.

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“We’re showing that it doesn’t matter who we play against we can be in the game and beat them,” McPherson said.

“They [Melbourne City] are second I think, so it shows where we are and what we can do out there.”

McPherson says closing out games and converting their chances are key for his side to win games.

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“We’re working really hard on converting our chances, and that’s an area that we want to get better in,” he said.

“We’re at the back end of the game and we seem to be conceding.

“If we start closing out games and managing games better, I genuinely believe we can beat anyone. We’ll go down on Wednesday and we can beat Sydney who are top of the table.”

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Despite the results, McPherson’s side is improving, and prove to be the more dominant side in most of their fixtures.

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“We’ve been working hard on defending crosses, cut-backs, and the two set-pieces bought us undone, but against a team that scores lots and lots of goals, it was nice that we kept them blunt outside of those set pieces,” he said.

“It was really pleasing today.”

Featured image credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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