Roar's painful memories

FOURTEEN years of European football taught wily Socceroo Craig Moore a thing or two.

But it seems nothing quite prepared him for what followed last season's A-League preliminary final.

The 33-year-old had seen some sights yet even this old stager was taken aback by the devastation in the Queensland Roar dressing room following a heart wrenching loss to eventual champions Newcastle.

As much as his team-mates would probably love to, Moore has not let them forget the pain as they prepare for tomorrow night's preliminary final clash with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Queensland suffered a blow before flying to Adelaide today after exciting winger Tahj Minniecon (hip) was ruled out of the grand final qualifier, possibly signalling the end of the Gold Coast-bound winger's career at the Roar.

Moore even declared that Adelaide United were the favourites for the match, despite the in-form Roar lining up against a Reds outfit still reeling from coach Aurelio Vidmar's sensational weekend meltdown.

Even if the confident Roar suddenly feel like underdogs when they arrive in Adelaide, Moore has a not so subtle reminder that will surely fire up his troops ahead of the biggest game in the club's short history.

“I was in the dressing room after that game last season (against Newcastle) and it wasn't a nice place to be,” Moore said.

“I remember saying to the boys after the game, 'remember what it feels like', because it's not nice and you don't want to go through feeling that too many times in your career.”

While the Reds appear to be a team in disarray, on paper they look good against the Roar.

Queensland have not beaten Adelaide since November 2007.

And much has been made of Queensland's “choke” last season at Hindmarsh Stadium when they had the chance to claim the minor premiership with a win - only for a 10-man Roar to crash to a 2-0 defeat and finish fourth overall.

But asked if the Roar held any fears playing at Hindmarsh Stadium, Moore said: “None at all.”



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