Isuzu UTE A-League preview: Western United v Brisbane Roar

Nikola Mileusnic

Brisbane Roar will be looking to build on last weekend’s first point and clean sheet as they head into what shapes as a tight contest against Western United this Saturday afternoon.

Warren Moon praised his team’s resilience in holding out a dangerous Adelaide United side last time out but said improvement was needed going into their Round 4 assignment at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

“It’s something to build on,” he said. “[The draw is] not what we wanted and we know we need to be better.

“There were times in the game where we should have gone on to win it but there were times as well that we could have lost it. We were a bit open in that last 20 minutes and we had to dig deep. We showed great resilience and character to protect our goal, so we can take the positives from that.

“But for us moving forward now it’s about focusing on the next one and trying to find improvement in our game.

“I said this at times last season: it’s not going great for us right now but the A-League changes really quickly.”

The Roar will be without Jack Hingert on Saturday as the defender works to overcome a hamstring injury sustained in the first half against Adelaide.

Captain Tom Aldred is continuing his recovery from a knee issue, while Jordan Holmes has remained behind in Brisbane after picking up a minor problem while completing gym work during the week.

Meanwhile, each of Western United’s past four results in all competitions have ended 1-0, with two wins and two losses.

Those scorelines hint at a game defined by fine margins, although the prospect of some familiar faces among the opposition line-up is bound to add an extra element of excitement for the players.

“I’m sure it will,” Moon said. “But every week we play teams and I see our boys playing against guys they’ve played with or are close to.

“I’m sure when the 90 minutes start and the game is there to be won we’ll be ready to go.

“Friendships will be there after the game but we’ll be making sure we go all out to get the three points.”

Roar fans can watch the match live on Paramount+ at 4:05pm Queensland time.


Isuzu UTE A-League (Round 4)
Western United v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 11 December
GMHBA Stadium
KO: 4:05pm (QLD)