Skipper Matt McKay admits Brisbane Roar FC was surprised by Suwon Bluewings’ second half onslaught in Wednesday night’s disappointing AFC Champions League group stage loss in South Korea.
Roar looked strong for the first 45 minutes but were blown away after the break, eventually beaten 3-1.
“We’re pretty disappointed obviously. You don’t like mistakes to change games but we did that, made a mistake and let them in and their momentum killed us,” McKay told Fox Sports.
“They pressed a bit and they changed their mentality a bit in the second half.
“The first half we had a lot of ball and were fairly effective but second half they really came at us and we couldn’t deal with it.”
Suwon substitute Kwon Chang-Hoon, Seo Jung-Jin and Yeom Ki-Hun got the goals for the home side before Luke DeVere’s late header was a mere consolation for Roar.
The result leaves the Hyundai A-League champions third in Group G, three points behind their South Korean conquerors and six points back from leaders Beijing Guoan.
Roar probably needs to win both their remaining matches to qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.
“We played some great football against [Suwon] in both ties. I thought we knocked it around quite well but we have to take our chances,” McKay said.
“We need to create more because they are such a good attacking team that they’re going to take theirs.
“We weren’t quite their tonight, we’ve got two fixtures left and we have to get full results.”
Roar boss Frans Thijssen felt his side was made to pay for not capitalising in the first half when they were on top for long periods.
“We are disappointed with the result because in the first half we were on top and the better team,” Thijssen said.
“We were confident for the second half but because of mistakes, we gave the game away.”
Roar play the Reds this Saturday at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide.