Brutal Melbourne City the ALM ‘benchmark’, claims Moon

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Brisbane Roar head coach Warren Moon has adjudged Melbourne City FC as the team to beat just two rounds into the 2022/23 A-League Men season.

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Securing grand final revenge against Western United 2-1 last week was only an entrée to their powerful display at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Last season’s runners-up have come out with a point to prove in their opening two contests of the season, convincingly brushing aside challenging opposition in consecutive weeks.

While last week’s performance was driven largely by emotion, City’s toppling of Roar stemmed from ruthlessness and resilience.

Down a man for the majority of the second-half, the Melbourne based club dug deep to maintain a clean sheet against a pressing Brisbane attack.

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Melbourne coach Patrick Kisnorbo was reluctant as ever to fully laud his team’s effort, but still managed to acknowledged the resolve of his men.

“I was really happy with the way we defended and our mindset to work hard for the team. We showed great character,” Kisnorbo said.

The coach said his team didn’t get complacent despite holding a comfortable 2-0 lead at the main break.

“We did well in the things that don’t require talent, they require mindset and that’s what I was happy with,” he said.

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City’s ruthless mindset was largely what prevented Brisbane from making a second-half push.

Moon argued that while his team was far from their best, the quality of Melbourne City didn’t allow them to get their game flowing.

“When you come up against a side like Melbourne City you’ve got to be at your best,” Moon said post game.

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“You’ve got to absorb, you’ve got to suffer and you’ve got to take the pressure.

“I’ve said this all along and I’ll say it again, I think they’re (Melbourne City) the benchmark of the competition.”

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While Roar are without a win after two contests, City are as of Friday night sitting pretty atop the ladder with two wins and only one goal conceded.

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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