The Brisbane Roar are still yet to get off the mark in the 2022/23 A-League Men season, recording a 1-1 draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Having been disappointing in their Round 2 tie against Melbourne City, the Roar bounced back with an encouraging performance on the road at CommBank Stadium. Though they’d be travelling back to Queensland feeling they should of taken the three points.
With scores tied at 1-1, Scott Neville found space following a corner in the 51st and fired into an empty net after fellow defender Connor Chapman hit the crossbar, but was called for offside.
Then the Roar were denied again 10 minutes later when Jay O’Shea’s free kick found the back of the net, and referee Ben Abraham blew his whistle. With Chapman moving within a meter of the wall before the ball was in play, the goal was ruled out.
Speaking post game, Brisbane head coach Warren Moon made his feelings known on the two disallowed goals.
While he conceded the first goal was offside having been reviewed by VAR, the Roar boss slammed the rule which disallowed their second goal.
The rules states that if the defending team forms a wall of three or more players, all attacking players must be at least one yard from the wall until the ball is in play.
“I heard about the rule tonight and I thought that what a stupid rule,” he said.
“Let’s be honest, it didn’t impact the play, no one was fouled, it didn’t affect the keeper’s line of sight and yet it’s not a goal.
“What a stupid rule, I don’t know what more to say other than that.
“The offside you know we’re not in the box I don’t see them. It looked fairly similar to what I saw the night before and that was that was given as a legitimate goal for Western United.
“But again, you know if the crosshairs said it was slightly off, there’s not much we can do about it.”
Having yet to secure their first win of the season, Moon felt Saturday night was another chance gone begging, feeling his side should’ve got more out of the game.
“Not really [content with a draw], I mean we came here to the win,” he said.
“We’ll take it because we’re on the road against a good side that’s signalled their intent this year what they want to achieve.
“I think on a whole we’re satisfied the point because of the performance but I felt we could have taken more.”
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Aside from the two disallowed goals, the Roar missed two golden chances in the opening stages of the contest with Charlie Austin and Joseph Knowles just missing inside the opening five minutes.
It’d come back to haunt them when the Wanderers struck on the rebound, with Sulejman Krpic putting the home side ahead in the fifth minute.
Down 1-0 at half time, Moon said that he didn’t feel the need to dress down the playing group, saying he was pleased with the side’s performance up to that point, though not content with the way they conceded.
“We were calm because we knew the performance was good…we were so disappointed with that 90 second phase of play [in the first half], we should have scored and we should have been celebrating,” he said.
“But they [Western Sydney] go down the other end and score from pretty basic straight ball behind us and we’re massively disappointed with that goal. That’s something we’ll talk about in the week.”
A positive to come out of the game was Englishman Charlie Austin opening his account to the 2022-23 season, scoring his first goal in Brisbane Roar colours.
Having gone goalless in his opening two outings, Austin pulled a goal back for his side five minutes into the second half to ensure his side got something out of the game.
Though now off the mark, Moon believes the service to their marquee man needs to improve.
“Look we as a group we can get better, I think that’s really important the service was pretty good in round one,” he said.
“I think as a collective we just weren’t at it [the level] last week, Melbourne City is a good side and then we’ve got punished for it [not giving Austin good service].
“But tonight he got more [of the] ball, he got chances, he had a good chance I think in the first five minutes… his job is to score goals, we’ve got to give them service. You know he’s going to get chances and when it gets him, he’s got to take them, and tonight he did.”
With the sad passing of former Roar attacker Masato Kudo leading into the game, the Roar boss felt it had an impact on the squad. The Japanese import made 14 appearances in the 2020-21 season for the Roar and was a key contributor for the side during the campaign.
Moon claimed while it was important to go out an put in a decent showing in his honour, the news affected the squad.
“These kinds of things aren’t ideal [going into a fixture]… we’ve had a lot to deal with as a club in in this last week,” he said.
“The big one was the sad passing of Masato Kudo, a very popular member of our team a couple of seasons ago and such a such a humble great man and yeah it did [impact the group], it affected us.
“But I think we wanted to go and perform not only for the club but for him today, and I think we did that.
“We woke up to the news this morning, it was confirmed to players and staff, we knew he was obviously in a coma unconscious and we didn’t know until this morning [he passed], so it was a big blow for the group.
“But again like I said we wanted to put on the performance today not only for the club, but for Mas as well.”
The Roar will have another opportunity to claim to their first win of the season at home against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, October 29.
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