‘We’re the worst team in the A-League’ – Brisbane’s mentality continues to cost them

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Although sitting in last place midway through the season, a spot in the finals remains on the table for Brisbane Roar.

Their 2-1 loss to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening was their eighth of the season, and they now sit alone in last place.

It was the same goal leaking and missed chances story for Warren Moon’s men, who outlined such aspects that are keeping his side at the bottom.

“It’s the story of our season. At this rate we’re leaking goals and we’re not clinical enough down the other end to take chances,” said Moon.

“It’s disappointing sitting here now knowing we’ve had enough chances to do something in the game and take the points but fragility and lack of concentration has cost us dearly.”

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Accumulating only 11 points so far this season, hopes for a position in the finals is still in the picture. The inconsistencies with the top teams has brought the points separating each side closer.

With still 13 games remaining in the season, a couple of wins can propel Roar into the top six. Between Brisbane and sixth-placed Sydney FC is only seven points, so although morale may be down, there is still plenty to play for.

“Right now we’re the worst team in the A-League and we don’t want to be there. As a group we’re working really hard to pull a string of wins together to climb the ladder,” said Moon.

“You can talk about the positives but when you find ways to keep losing games, we need to find ways to arrest that and fix this quickly.”

Despite the heartache of sitting in last place, Moon knows the conditions of the table and remains positive his men can fight back for the season’s remainder.

“Absolutely we can push for a finals position and that it out intention. There is still 13 games to play so it’s not done and dusted,” said Moon.

“We’re certainly going to push for the remaining 13 games to win as many matches as possible and see where that takes us.”

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On a positive for Brisbane, captain Tom Aldred made his first appearance for the team this season after recovering from a pre-season knee injury.

A team struck down with injuries and recruits still not ready to feature, Aldred’s inclusion added another element toward Roar’s line-up. Regardless, one man cannot turn the season around for Roar

Moon believes his collective unit, after showing glimpses in the Mariners fixture, carry traits of a well-oiled machine, but it is down to the mentality of his men to withstand the pressure.

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“We looked more solid as a unit. I’m just so disappointed with that seven or eight minute spell in the second half when we conceded,” he said.

“On the whole we were well organised but just so disappointed because Tom came in and did well tonight”.

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Roar will look to capitalise on their missed opportunities in the next match against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday evening, the second meeting between the pair this season.

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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