Moon content despite narrow defeat to Adelaide
Brisbane coach Warren Moon was impressed with what he saw from his side despite the 1-0 defeat in Adelaide, the Reds now moving four points clear of the Roar on the ladder.
United was arguably better in the first half. They took the lead through a Craig Goodwin strike, but the Roar could have equalised just before halftime after Joey Champness missed a penalty.
"I think Adelaide were good in the first half. We set up a certain way because of the amount of fixtures we've had in the last few weeks," he said post-match.
"But I was really pleased with the response. Got the penalty, didn't take it, had a couple of other near misses.
"Second half I thought we were very good without being clinical."
Moon admitted he didn't have much choice with his team selection in leaving important players on the bench to rest, given the hectic fixture list for the Roar recently.
"The schedule's been quite heavy and there was going to be a game where we had to rest Jay [O'Shea] and Riku [Danzaki], and Dylan [Wenzel-Halls]," he said.
"When we brought those players on we expected them to make an impact and they certainly did."
Goodwin's winner tonight was his sixth this season. (Jordan Trombetta)
Reds coach Carl Veart was pleased to have ended their winless run with the win, despite admitting it wasn't the most vintage display by his side.
"It's always good to get three points. We weren't at our best tonight, but the boys dug in and managed to do enough to get the win," he said afterwards.
"We had the opportunities [in the first half]. That's been our achilles heel so far this season, just finishing off those opportunities when we have created good opportunities."
Adelaide will now travel to Perth on Wednesday with a spring in their step, whilst Brisbane is also away from home in Newcastle next Friday night.