Young players still Brisbane’s best bet in avoiding the wooden spoon

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Despite another loss on Sunday that sees Brisbane Roar remain at the foot of the A-League Men’s ladder, Warren Moon says they aren’t looking to bring in any new players – instead relying on their young talent to carry the load. 

Coach Moon still has faith that his young Roar squad can turn their season around.

“I’m disappointed right now but that’s part of where we are as a club, we want to give opportunities to young players,” Moon said. 

While experience for his youth products is one thing, Moon isn’t looking to write off Brisbane’s season just to provide that.

“Giving young players an opportunity is one thing, but you know, we do it because we think they’re good enough and we expect them to impact the team for the better,” he said.

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Brisbane, who sit 12th on the ladder with five points from seven matches, aren’t looking to bring in any players to try and supercharge their dismal season, according to Moon. 

“Look at this stage, that’s a discussion for the club. I’m not sure what their position is in regards to bringing new players in,” he said. 

With no open discussions on new signings, Brisbane must look to build with the team they’ve got.

“I think we’ll look internally, we’ll try and improve and we’ll build from this and find a way to recover the boys and get right for next week,” he said. 

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The Roar have a six-day break before they face fellow strugglers Western Sydney Wanderers at home next Saturday.

A much-needed break for a team who’ve played four games in the past 11 days and are clearly suffering from fatigue.

“I think the schedule is gonna affect everyone, we just had our fourth game in 11 days,” Moon said. 

“Who we had available, what the changes would look like and how that fatigue would affect us were all issues we faced coming in.” 

Moon cited fatigue as a major factor in Brisbane letting Adelaide back into the game and eventually being overrun in the second half. 

“We really needed a good start, we knew they were going to be physical and I guess the fear was there, having played four games in 11 days, how we would finish the game,” he said.

Despite opening the scoring within two minutes on Sunday, Brisbane fell off the pace eventually losing 3-1 thanks to a Craig Goodwin double. 

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“We tried, we battled hard, but in the end fatigue was definitely a major factor,” Moon said.

“Ultimately, I think once that second goal went in it was going to be very difficult for us.”

Despite the result, Moon appreciated the work his squad put in through the 90 minutes.

“You could look at many things and say we should have done this better and that better but our boys put in a shift and worked hard out there, the boys have had to play a lot of minutes in the last 11 days,” he said.

Moon knows they have to work with the challenge this season presents.

“We had to adapt, we had to make changes and I thought we started the game quite well and we definitely found ourselves in some good positions today but just couldn’t capitalise,” he said.

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The Roar had a multitude of chances in the first half with attacker Nikola Mileusnic being sent through one-on-one with the Adelaide keeper three times.

He could only capitalise on one of those, however, leaving Moon to rue the missed opportunities.

“Today, I don’t know if we were gun shy, or maybe it was fatigue? I’m not sure but you know, we certainly encourage them to shoot and we had chances in that first half, I think we had a couple of good ones before half time but just couldn’t convert,” he said 

“The second half panned out how it did, I felt less and less control from our team probably owing to fatigue so we were forced into some changes.”

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Despite their disappointing points tally, Moon continues to appreciate the work his young squad puts in each week.

“For the boys that came in, like I said, they did their best and did a job but ultimately we’ve come up short,” he said. 

Brisbane, who now have their first decent break in two weeks, will look to move off bottom spot and bunny-hop Western Sydney with a win against the side at home on Saturday.

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar FC

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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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