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Australian Football: Moon admits tough times

Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon says he is going through his toughest spell as a coach following an horrific start to the season that sees his side sitting bottom of the A-League ladder.

Roar are priced at 10/3 to finish in the top six of the A-League but they have won just one game out of seven and managed to score just four goals.

Stop-start season

It has been a tough start for all A-League teams who are having to deal with games being postponed and players being unavailable through illness and injury.

And Moon admits it has never been as tough as his side head into a massive game against Western Sydney Wanderers without a host of key players.

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Attackers Luke Ivanovic, Cyrus Dehmie and Alex Parsons are all out along with influential skipper Tom Aldred, but Moon admits they have to battle on.

"This is as tough as it gets for us as a club," Moon told AAP ahead of the game. "Myself personally but the players too, they're winners and they want to win.

"Challenges are thrown at us which put obstacles in our way, but we have to try and overcome that and find ways to get the results."

Wanderers issues

Western Sydney have their own issues as captain Rhys Williams has been ruled out long-term with a hamstring injury but Moon says they are still a squad packed with quality.

Their current form may suggest otherwise but Moon knows his side face a tough challenge.

"They're a quality side, heavyweights of the competition," Moon added. "Look at their squad, it's a strong team, so we're expecting a really tough game. It doesn't get any easier for us. We've got to make sure we try and get people fit, bodies in the squad that can come and do a job for us.

"That's our challenge right now."

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