Postecoglou adjusts his formation to accommodate for Finkler’s absence

Having lost Guilherme Finkler for the season, how Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou set up his side for their clash against Wellington Phoenix was always going to be the key feature of the pre-match build-up. The Victory system is very deliberate, tailored to the specific abilities of Postecoglou's four best attackers. He has a very … Continue reading Postecoglou adjusts his formation to accommodate for Finkler’s absence

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Melbourne Victory: Double trouble from Ono

The Wanderers leapfrogged Melbourne Victory into 3rd place. After rotating for the trip to Perth, Popovic returned to his more recognisable eleven, although Iacopo La Rocca started in place of the suspended Aaron Mooy. Postecoglou’s only change was to re-introduce Adrian Leijer for makeshift centre-back Leigh Broxham. This was a Shinji Ono goal-scoring masterclass, but … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Melbourne Victory: Double trouble from Ono

Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Perth Glory: Mariners stifle Perth, then target Risdon

Central Coast defeated Perth with a lone goal from substitute Bernie Ibini-Isei. Despite suggestions of a return to the diamond, the Mariners kept with 4-2-3-1 despite making five changes to the side that lost to Sydney FC. Ian Ferguson made just one enforced change from his ‘first-choice’ side, with Steve Pantelidis replacing the injured Michael … Continue reading Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Perth Glory: Mariners stifle Perth, then target Risdon

Wellington Phoenix 3-2 Melbourne Heart: Heart take lead, then invite pressure

Wellington turned a two goal deficit into three points. So pleased was he with last week’s 1-1 draw with the Mariners, Ricki Herbert made no changes to his starting XI or his bench. John Aloisi was without his first choice centre-back pairing, so David Vrankovic and Steven Gray came into the side, as did Sam … Continue reading Wellington Phoenix 3-2 Melbourne Heart: Heart take lead, then invite pressure

Sydney FC 1-0 Central Coast Mariners: Farina’s diamond stifles Mariners

A huge upset as the last placed side shocked the league leaders. Frank Farina continued to tinker with his starting XI. He kept with the same back four that finished the previous match against Newcastle, while Peter Triantis’s fine performance in that fixture was rewarded with a start. Alessandro Del Piero played behind the strike … Continue reading Sydney FC 1-0 Central Coast Mariners: Farina’s diamond stifles Mariners

Ten points on Melbourne Victory 3-2 Newcastle Jets

An entertaining game that will be remembered for two stunning strikes from Marco Rojas rather than for the tactical battle. As it were, this was a strange game with little overall pattern, so here are ten observations. 1. The biggest talking point pre-match was the battle between the towering Emile Heskey and Leigh Broxham, who … Continue reading Ten points on Melbourne Victory 3-2 Newcastle Jets

Adelaide United 0-1 Brisbane Roar: Two flawed teams, one poor game

Henrique’s second half goal was enough for Brisbane’s first win under Mike Mulvey. True to his word of not reacting drastically to last Friday's 6-1 defeat to Western Sydney, John Kosmina made just two changes, with Daniel Bowles returning at right-back in place of Cameron Watson, and Jeronimo Neumann replacing Evan Kostopoulos. Mulvey gave former … Continue reading Adelaide United 0-1 Brisbane Roar: Two flawed teams, one poor game

Melbourne Heart 1-2 Melbourne Victory: Thompson steals it

Archie Thompson scored an extraordinarily late winner to cap off a thrilling finale in the Melbourne Derby. Both sides were largely as expected in the preview, with John Aloisi handing Jonaton Germano a first start of the season in the centre of midfield. Richard Garcia was deployed on the right. Ange Postecoglou kept with the … Continue reading Melbourne Heart 1-2 Melbourne Victory: Thompson steals it

Newcastle Jets 2-1 Sydney FC: Jets attack down the right

Newcastle’s record of only winning when Emile Heskey scores continued in a 2-1 win. Gary van Egmond continued to reshuffle his back four, with Sam Gallagher starting for the first time since February 2011 at left-back, while Connor Chapman and Dominik Ritter was a new centre-back partnership. The Ryan Griffiths-Emile Heskey partnership returned up front … Continue reading Newcastle Jets 2-1 Sydney FC: Jets attack down the right

Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Totori injects pace into otherwise dour draw

Dani Sanchez equalised late to give the home side an unexpected point. Ricki Herbert promised changes after last week’s capitulation to Adelaide, but he only made two, one enforced: Tyler Boyd started in place of the injured Paul Ifil, while Steim Huysegems dropped to the bench with Jeremy Brockie preferred up-front in a 4-4-1-1 formation. … Continue reading Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Totori injects pace into otherwise dour draw