‘What is it about my pre-game pep talks?’ – Moon laments slow Roar starts

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Despite coming away with a hard fought draw against Western Sydney Wanderers at Kayo Stadium on Friday night, Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon remains discontented with his side’s stagnant first halves this year.

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The Roar were at it again against the Wanderers, conceding an early first-half goal and generally lacking intensity ahead of the main interval, something that concerned the manager.

Asked about his half-time speeches that inspire a response, Moon offered a contrasting perspective post match.

“More like, ‘What is it about my pre-game pep talks?'” he said.

“We keep starting slow, we spoke about wanting to start on the front foot but we were sluggish and lethargic.”

His men were quick to turn their fortunes around in the second stanza.

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“I let them know at half-time that it wasn’t acceptable,” he said.

“We had to come and give a reaction and we did.”

Chasing the game has been a common theme within Brisbane’s 2022/23 ALM campaign.

With an extended stint on the road ahead, the men in orange will need to alleviate their lacklustre tendencies.

“We’ve got to look at how we start games and we’ve got to make sure we’re in games and not chasing them like we are,” Moon said.

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Now without a loss for six games, the Roar’s rugged, resilient and scrappy game style has held them in good stead.

Lacking the intensity and firepower of other sides, Brisbane have relied upon dogged determination and stirdy defence to ascend the table.

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“Resilient, hard-working and plenty of character,” said Moon when surmising his team’s qualities post-match.

Fixing their slow starts and finding another attacking weapon in the January window can ensure Brisbane’s season continues trending upward.

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Liam Cook
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