Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon hopes there is no premiers plate-winning hangover for opponents Melbourne City in Tuesday’s A-League clash at Redcliffe.
Table-topping City secured their first piece of league silverware with a 1-0 win over Central Coast at AAMI Park on Saturday.
That leaves City with little to play for in their remaining three matches of the regular season but Moon says his finals-hunting Roar don’t want to face anything less than the league’s best at Moreton Daily Stadium.
“I hope not because we want to test ourselves against the best team in the comp, and that’s what they are,” Moon said.
“They’ve shown that all season and we’ve played them twice now and come up short.
“We’ve learnt a bit from the last time we played them and we want to test ourselves against the best team because ultimately that’s where this squad wants to go.
“We want to be up there as well as the best team in the comp.”
A hard-fought win over last-placed Newcastle means the Roar are two points clear of seventh-placed Perth with a game in hand, but Moon insists his focus is on climbing up the ladder rather than worrying about teams around them.
“We’re not silly though, we see the results around us and what that might mean but our mindset has to be going into Tuesday’s game against Melbourne City to try and get three points,” he said.
The match looms as being the final one of the campaign for City’s league-leading goalscorer Jamie Maclaren, with the ex-Roar striker almost certain to be called up by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
Maclaren will be getting married this weekend and miss Saturday’s home game against the Jets.
Despite having top spot wrapped up and the pending departures of Maclaren and other Socceroos hopefuls in Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe, City coach Patrick Kisnorbo doesn’t want his team losing focus over their remaining fixtures.
“It’s no different to any other game, tomorrow, regardless of Saturday,” Kisnorbo said.
“Saturday is gone now so it’s us still focusing on what we need to do for tomorrow’s game.”
KEY MATCH STATS
* Brisbane haven’t won in their past four matches against City.
* City are undefeated in their past 10 matches – a record streak for the club.
* City striker Jamie Maclaren needs two goals to equal Bobo’s 2017-18 record of 27 for most goals in a single A-League season.