Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon regards his team’s battling comeback against Wellington as a step forward, despite their winless A-League streak now stretching to seven matches.
Behind to a first half strike from Tomar Hemed in Newcastle on Sunday, Brisbane were rewarded for their pressure late in the game with an 86th minute equaliser from substitute Golgol Mebrahtu, his first A-League goal in eight years.
It was the first time in five matches this season that Brisbane hadn’t lost after conceding the first goal
“All the games we’ve been behind, we haven’t found a way to come back, so for us that was another little step in terms of the character and resilience of the team,” Moon said.
“Yes we wanted to win, but we’ll take the positives from that result and how we finished and we’ll take heart from that.”
Wellington are now the only team this season not to have earned at least one point after conceding first, having lost all five times that has happened.
Brisbane remain very much in finals contention despite not winning since early February, having subsequently drawn four games and lost three.
Before that lean run, they won four straight and are now seventh, two points behind sixth-placed Sydney, who have a game in hand.
“Things can change very quickly and it only takes only one result, one game to change things,” Moon said.
“We have the ability in this group to go on a run again.”
A continuing concern for Moon is his side’s paucity of goals during that winless run, scoring just three times.
The absence of Socceroos striker Scott McDonald for the last four matches with a hamstring injury has undoubtedly deprived the Roar attack of one of their most potent weapons.
While Macaulay Gillesphey will miss next Saturday’s home game against Western United after being sent off against Wellington, Brisbane will have fellow defender Scott Neville available again following the end of his loan to Indian Super League side East Bengal.
Wellington, who remain 10th and are six points off sixth, were for the second time in as many matches on the wrong end of a pivotal VAR call in added time at the end of a game.
Hemed had an equaliser against Western Sydney rubbed out last Monday and on Sunday they didn’t get a penalty after being convinced Brisbane’s Riku Danzaki had handled the ball.
Wellington have little time to dwell on dropping valuable points after the first of three games in eight days, with matches looming against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday and Macarthur next Sunday.
“Our goal was to try to get nine points out of the three games but there’s another six points available in the next two games,” Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay said.