Isuzu UTE A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City

Brisbane Roar boss Warren Moon wants his side to begin turning back-to-back victories into a winning “streak” when they take on champions Melbourne City at Moreton Daily Stadium on Wednesday.

The Roar made it two on the trot with a 4-1 triumph in Perth over the weekend and are in good spirits going into a crucial clash with the competition leaders.

Three more points would lift Brisbane up into eighth and continue the momentum gained against the Glory.

“Preparation is always difficult when you go there and they were desperate for points as well, so for us to go there and get the result and put in the performance we did was really satisfying,” Moon said of Saturday’s victory.

“We’ve had two wins now which is nice but we’ve needed to do that. And we need to continue it. We need to go on a streak.

“We’re still ambitious, we still want to make finals, and the only way we can do that is by going on a run where we win games.”

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Brisbane will be up against a partially depleted City side on Wednesday as Mathew Leckie, Marco Tilio, Connor Metcalfe and Jamie Maclaren are all on Socceroos duty.

Moon, however, knows the task won’t become any easier, with his counterpart Patrick Kisnorbo able to call upon the likes of Stefan Colakovski and Tsubasa Endoh as replacements.

“They’re the best team in the league, they’re the champions, they’re the most well-resourced club,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ve got plenty to cover [the missing players].

“We’ve got Rahmat [Akbari] away on international duty as well. We’re just looking at Melbourne City as a collective and how they play. We’ll have a gameplan to try to beat them.”

While midfielder Akbari is with the Afghanistan national team in Turkey, Moon will be able to call on Jesse Daley who returns from a one-match suspension.

The Head Coach also shared some positive words on wing-back Nick Olsen, who is likely to continue in the left-sided wing-back role in the absence of the injured Corey Brown.

“He’s been fantastic since he’s come here,” Moon said. “He’s got a great attitude, great work rate, great personality around the group.

“He’s come in the last few weeks and done really. Every time he’s come in he’s performed. He’s been a real find for us and we hope he can continue his good form.”


Isuzu UTE A-League
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Moreton Daily Stadium
KO: 6:35pm (QLD)