‘We had about 36 shots’ – Moon concerned as Roar fail to fire

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Less than three weeks ago, the same two sides faced off at Daily Moreton Stadium where Brisbane Roar dictated the game.

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Fast forward to Wednesday night and Wellington Phoenix gave Brisbane a taste of their own medicine.

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Wellington Phoenix now sit in fourth place thanks to a solid performance that saw Ufuk Talay’s men beat Brisbane Roar 3-0 in the sunshine state.

The New Zealand side, now have the chance to make the finals and will play every game with the eagerness to qualify, after narrowly missing out last season.

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Warren Moon’s men, however, sit on the other end of the table and will now have to win every game to even have a chance of making the finals.

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At such a critical time in the season, the 3-0 loss blows a heavy punch to the Roar, and Warren Moon seems to be aware of the dire situation his men face.

“It’s no good even talking about finals at the moment,” Moon said.

“We need to fix and improve to be a side that we want to be.”

For Brisbane fans, Wednesday night’s scoreline is hard to believe. Brisbane had the bulk of possession throughout the game and finished with a total of 36 shots.

“You don’t see many nights like that. We controlled that game pretty much from start to finish,” Moon said.

“I think we had about 36 shots tonight.

“The reality is we’ve got to do better. Then we carve our chances to equalise in the first half and we don’t take them, and we should score from six yards out.”

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Brisbane seemed all over the away side but being unable to slot the ball past the superhero goalkeeper Oliver Sail, coupled with the fact that Brisbane had lapses of concentration after missing easy goal scoring opportunities, broke the home team down.

“The reality is right now, despite a lot good playing and a lot of promising football from our team, we’re not good enough at both ends of the park,” Moon said.

Moon made five changes to the starting line-up to face the Phoenix. An injury-ridden roster was made worse when Roar captain Tom Aldred pulled out of the game after injuring himself minutes before kick-off.

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Despite this, Moon believes there should be no excuses for Wednesday night’s performances and that there is nobody to blame.

“We had to make five changes tonight, but that’s not an excuse,” he said.

“We put a side on the park that is capable of winning the game.

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“There’s no hiding behind our injury list, but again every team in the league has the same issue so it’s not an excuse it’s just what we are faced with.”

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Min-Gyu Shim
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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