Moon still wants more from his Roar and is pushing for finals football

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Sunday evening’s 3-1 win against Macarthur United showed Brisbane Roar have what it takes to achieve their finals dream, but their coach Warren Moon is not ready to praise his squad quite yet.

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After a rocky start to the season for Brisbane, having not won a game before the new year, they have bounced back in 2022 to take seven points from six games, and moving off the bottom half of the A-League Men’s ladder.

Brisbane sit just four points away from a top six position, with games in hand on those teams currently comprising the finals spots.

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Sunday’s comprehensive victory was a big statement about where Brisbane wants to be in the 2021/22 ALW season.

Roar coach Moon, however, still wants to see improvement from his players on the pitch and consistency from his players across all matches.

“We’re nowhere near where we need to be, if it was coming together we’d string performances back-to-back and that’s the challenge for us now,” he said. 

“When we can start to be consistent over a number of matches, put in those types of performances and pick up points regularly, then I think we can start to say we’re getting to where we need to be, because the performance was good.”

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Although Moon was pleased with Sunday’s result, he was quick to focus on the importance of the Roar’s two fixtures in the upcoming week.

If the Roar can take points on the road in this week’s fixtures, it will bolster their finals credentials immeasurably. 

“It’s a great start to the week but we go down to Sydney to play Wellington, and then off to Tasmania to play Perth and those are big games for our season,” he said.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance today to stay as close as we can to the top six, and if we go and get two positive performances this week that sets us up well for the second part of the season.

“We need to make sure we’re picking up points and turning these performances into something worthwhile.”

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Moon continues to rue his side’s slow start to the season but he said he knows they have the quality to be a force.

“We’re a long way behind some of the other teams who have cemented their spot in the six, they got early points on the board but for us it’s now about just continuing to be positive and perform the way we are and go for those teams,” he said. 

“We’re confident with the players we’ve got, as well as the players coming back in, now we’re not far away from a return of some key players for us.”

Sunday’s man of the match, Henry Hore scored the Roar’s third goal to secure the side three points.

Despite his form in the fixture against Macarthur, Moon stuck to his theme of pushing for more from his players.

“I just want more from him, I want more from all my players,” he said.

“Henry is a good player that’s why I brought him in and I thought he was really good tonight but again, I think he can be better.”

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The young attacker still has to prove he belongs at the top level after impressing in the NPL.

“He needs to strive to be better than what he was tonight and I was happy with his performance,” Moon said.

“Sure he got the goal, he worked hard and did a great job for the team but it’s not enough just to get your debut from the NPL he needs to show he belongs here and deserves to stay here.”

As the business end of the season draws closer, Moon’s focus remains solely on winning consistently and not on Brisbane’s overall position in the league. 

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When asked about Brisbane’s chase for a finals spot Moon said they were chasing that goal still.

“We’ve been going into every game trying to attack and win, if it gets us closer to that goal when the business end of the season strikes and we can get into that top six, then that’s our goal, but right now we just need to keep playing well,” he said.

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“We’re just looking at performances, tonight was a decent performance, we can be better and we want to be better, If we perform like we did tonight we’re going to win matches and that’ll be our focus for the remainder of the season.”

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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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