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Brisbane Roar consolidates fourth spot in the A-League with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory – ABC News

Brisbane coach Warren Moon views the Roar’s tough last two games as a great chance to learn about the top teams, ahead of potential A-League finals clashes with those clubs.

Roar moved close to securing a finals spot with a 2-1 win over lowly Melbourne Victory at Western Sydney Stadium on Wednesday.

The victory consolidated fourth position and a finals spot could be secured before their next game, if some of their rivals drop points before then.

Brisbane have moved within two points of the second and third-placed sides, Wellington and Melbourne City respectively, who each have a game in hand.

Scott McDonald opened the scoring in Brisbane Roar’s 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory in Sydney.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

They are four points clear of Perth, who have played two games fewer and seven ahead of sixth placed Adelaide who have a match in hand.

But at least one of those teams will drop points on Thursday evening when they clash in Sydney.

Seventh-placed Western United are eight points behind Brisbane but have three games in hand.

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Moon is more focused on trying to reel in at least one of the teams above Brisbane rather than worrying about being caught by those below them on the ladder.

“We’re looking up, we’re not looking backwards,” Moon said.

However, they face testing matches against Phoenix and runaway leaders and Premiers Plate winners Sydney FC.

“We want to take these games head on,” Moon said.

“[If] we make the finals we’re going to have to play them at some stage anyway if we’re serious about what we want to try to achieve.

‘”It’s a great chance to get a look at them in the next couple of weeks and see what we might learn about them and you never know, we might surprise.”

Andrew Nabbout scored late for the Victory, but it only proved a consolation goal against Brisbane.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

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Moon enjoyed his first win in his second game in charge, but was more pleased at how his side bounced back from their last start loss to Adelaide to make it four wins from five matches.

Leading the way on Wednesday was striker and mid-season signing Scott McDonald, who scored his fifth goal in as many games.

McDonald opened the scoring in the 56th minute, then substitute Matthew Ridenton doubled the lead with 12 minutes to go.

Andrew Nabbout got a goal back with a penalty in the 86th minute, but the Victory could not manage an equaliser before the end.

“We’ve got a good core group, a lot of leaders, a lot of winners in this team, a lot of good young players,” Moon said.

Relocating to NSW doesn’t appear to be a problem for Brisbane.

“We’re enjoying each other’s company and I think a win like tonight will really set us up moving forward for the next games and beyond,” Moon said.

Scott McDonald netted the opener for Brisbane with a powerful header.(ABC Image: Brendan Esposito)

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