Brisbane Roar will be targeting back-to-back victories and a first away win of the season in Saturday night’s clash with Perth Glory.
Goals from Rahmat Akbari and Henry Hore secured all three points for the Roar against Wellington Phoenix last weekend as Warren Moon’s men continued their strong home form.
Results have been harder to come by on the road, however, and the Brisbane boss hopes the win over an in-form Phoenix spurs his side on to another strong showing.
“We needed it. It’s good for the group and the confidence,” Moon said.
“For us it’s very simple. We just have to keep trying to be as tough and resilient as we can be and try to find some back to back results now. We want to be higher up the table and be pushing on and making finals this year.
“Perth no doubt are the same. They’ve got a squad littered with talent. I have no doubt they’re the same.
“It’s going to be a big game this weekend but we’re going in with the mindset that we’re going to get our first away win of the season.”
The teams have already met twice this term, with the Roar prevailing 1-0 in January before the Glory gained the honours in Launceston the following month.
Two men who appeared in those matches will be missing from Richard Garcia’s side, with Aaron Calver departing the club and Brandon O’Neill suffering a serious shoulder injury.
Jesse Daley is suspended for Brisbane but Moon is confident others can step up having seen the likes of Nick Olsen and Louis Zabala fill in capably for more experienced team-mates.
“They’ve done very well,” he said. “They offer something different – they have different qualities to the players they’re replacing.
“But they’ve done really well since they’ve come in and we’ve got full belief they can do a job for us.”
Saturday’s game gets underway at 9:45pm Queensland time and can be watched live and exclusive on Paramount+.
The Roar then return home on Wednesday, 23 March to take on Melbourne City.
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Isuzu UTE A-League
Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 19 March 2022
KO: 9:45pm (QLD)