BRISBANE Roar midfielder Thomas Kristensen says the team must learn to close out games better ahead of Sunday's home clash with the high-flying Perth Glory.
The former Danish international scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners as the Roar secured its first victory of the campaign.
Jamie Maclaren was guilty of missing several chances as the Roar dominated, creating a few nervy moments in the dying stages.
"What we lacked was to close the game out,” Kristensen said.
"We kept the game alive by not getting a second goal. Then it becomes a bit nervy and they could have got a goal from a set-piece towards the end, so we need to close those sort of games out.”
Kristensen, who signed from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in the off-season, said he, skipper Matt McKay and fellow new recruit Brett Holman were slowly beginning to form an understanding.
"Everybody can improve but it's the third game,” he said. "I think we are getting along but we all know we can do much better.”
Kristensen, 33, said it was nice to get off the mark with his first goal for his new club but said three points were all that mattered in what was a tough game against the struggling Mariners.
"The win was the most important thing,” he said.
"We still need to improve every game but when you consider what we went through this week (after the 4-0 defeat at Newcastle) then the only medicine was to go and get three points.
"I am new to this league but what I have seen in the first three rounds is you can't expect anything to come easily.
"Everybody was saying Melbourne City is by far the best team after they won two tough away games but then they lose their first game at home to Perth Glory.
"Even though the Mariners lost 4-0 (to Sydney FC) before we played them, that was pretty even, so we know there are no easy games. The league has improved and every game is difficult.”