18/04/2024

Brisbane Roar continue their unbeaten run. (Image: @BrisbaneRoar - Twitter)

The Brisbane Roar have extended their unbeaten run to six games after coming from behind at Kayo Stadium to share the spoils with the Western Sydney Wanderers, fighting out a 1-1 draw.

Having gone down early in the game courtesy of an Oliver Bozanic strike which put the travellers a goal ahead inside the opening 20 minutes, a lead they would hold onto heading into the halftime break. Brisbane looked a different side in the second half and as it pressed for the equaliser.

The Roar would finally get it through winger Carlo Armiento with his long-range strike, one of the goals of the 2022/23 campaign thus far.

Starting to garner a reputation as a side that can grind out results, Roar coach Warren Moon was complimentary of his side’s ability to get points out of fixtures. And though he believes they should have more wins next to their name, he credits the side for getting themselves into positions to win as opposed to last season.

“We’re now six games undefeated, [we] haven’t had all the wins we’d like,” Moon said post-game.

“But that was a game last year we may have lost and we found a way to come back and probably should have gone on to win it.”

He further comments on his overall thoughts on the side’s performance, saying while the start to the game wasn’t ideal, he was pleased with how they closed the game out.

“We started sluggishly in the first half, I was disappointed with how we performed [in the opening half] as a whole,” he said.

“They [Western Sydney] didn’t do anything that surprised us, they just competed a bit harder, [were] a bit more aggressive, [and] a bit sharper than us.

“I reminded the boys at half time of that fact, that we were getting out-competed and [that] we needed to be better, and we showed a great response in the second half.

“We made some changes, [the] application was better, and I think in the end we will feel a little bit disappointed that we didn’t go in and win it.”

A major factor in the result was Carlo Armiento, the winger has been somewhat of a revolution on the left side of midfield for Brisbane with his dribbling ability and speed, creating chances for his side out wide.

The 23-year-old put in an impressive showing against the Wanderers, with Moon complimentary of his performance post-game. Moon said Armiento was one of the missing pieces to the side.

Still recovering from an ACL injury that kept him out for the entirety of the 2021/22 A-League Men’s season, Moon is confident the winger will only get better.

“We’re really happy to have Carlo, that was someone we were looking for a while, I’m really happy that he joined us before the start of the season,” he said.

“He’s only going to get better and better, he’s still working his way back to [full] fitness and we could see tonight he was cramping and fatiguing late in that second half.

“[We’re] pleased with what he’s doing and he’s only going to get better, we’re really happy to have him.”

Youngsters Cyrus Dehmie and Jez Lofthouse were part of the Brisbane squad and made cameo appearances coming on for the final 10 minutes.

Having shown glimpses of promise, the duo are yet to assert themselves in the first team, and Moon said they’ll need to make an impact when they come on if they’re going to feature more regularly.

“I’m more than happy to give the opportunity [to youngsters], but it’s a player that’s going to go push the door down and actually get a starting spot or get more minutes,” he said.

“Pleased that we can give local talent opportunities but it’s up to them if they earn the right to enter the pitch.

“You look at players like Kai Trewin, Henry Hore, and Jordan Courtney Perkins, they’re doing that, so it’s for the rest to follow, it’s for the rest to try and emulate.

“I’m certainly not going to just hand out any freebies they’ve got to go and earn it, so that’s what we want we want to see.

“Pleased they got some minutes tonight and I thought both of them showed some promising signs when they came on.”

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A third of the way through the campaign at sitting inside the top-six, the Roar have gotten off to an impressive start which coach Moon hopes continues, claiming he wants his side to be playing finals come the end of the campaign.

“I think that [result] puts us into fifth now with a game in hand depending on how the [other] results go, we’re good at drawing games…we want to turn more draws into wins,” he said.

“But we’re in a good spot, I said this last week, I got asked where I want to be in January, January is irrelevant to me it’s where I want to be at the end of the season.

“We want to be in the top six and we’re going to fight tooth and nail to try and do that. So we keep picking up points, we picked up a point tonight, like I said it’s not what we wanted but it’s one point more than what we had.

“So we’ll keep working, we’ll keep looking to improve and try and turn some of those draws into some wins.”

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