Moon not letting injuries and COVID define Brisbane’s season

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Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon is fresh off guiding his team to only their second win in nine games but says he is confident this season’s missing winning form will be found once squad rotation slows down.

Injuries and positive COVID-19 tests have riddled Brisbane’s A-League Men’s campaign this season.

Moon has been forced to field a different starting 11 nearly every match-day, using six different combinations throughout the side’s nine games. 

“This is as tough as it gets for us as a club and myself personally but the players they’re winners and they want to win,” he said.

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“We’ve lost Louis Zabala to COVID as well now, so we’re down another unfortunately.”

This constant chopping and changing has made it difficult for Brisbane, and other clubs, to gather momentum in the 2021/22 season.

Although Moon was hopeful the side could reclaim some normality soon once everyone was back and fit to play.

“It’s difficult times right now, we’re trying to build some confidence and find some points but, you know, troops are low and it’s gonna be a tough couple of weeks,” Moon said.

“I think until we can get everyone back fully fit and out on the park before we’re at our best.” 

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Moon, however, was not letting the constant squad rotation dampen the aspirations for his team.

Last weekend’s squad, which beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0, was the first time Moon has put out an identical starting 11 in consecutive weeks since rounds one and two.

“We’re always looking to improve, we’ve had a stop start season but that isn’t an excuse, we’re here to compete and win matches,” he said.

“These challenges are thrown at us and they put obstacles in our way but we have to try and overcome that and find ways to get the results, so that’s going to be our main focus.

“We’ve got good players that can score goals, and we just haven’t quite gotten them where we need them to be physically, to show their best, and that is that missing piece for me.”

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If Brisbane can finish the season with a fully fit squad, the finals may not be as out of reach as they seemed a few weeks ago.

The Roar will travel to play the cellar-dwelling Newcastle Jets mid-week, representing a chance to further improve their record and move closer to an unlikely finals berth.

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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