Travis Dodd scored a double as Perth ended a six game winless streak.
The second Sydney derby, the weekend’s marquee fixture, will be a fascinating gauge of either side’s season to date.
In the ten weeks that have passed between the two derbies, it is Sydney FC that has been through the more tumultuous period, with a change in coach and the introduction of some new personnel disrupting any logical tactical strategy.
By contrast, the Wanderers have enjoyed a relatively low-key start to life in the A-League, with Popovic electing for a settled side to execute a simple system, making for an intriguing contrast in this contest.
The Newcastle Jets have not won a match this season where Heskey hasn’t scored. It’s a curious statistic, and one that becomes alarming when you consider that the Jets haven’t won in since the 2-1 victory over the Wanderers exactly a month ago. The numbers suggest that Heskey is out of form and is the team’s key player, but the truth runs deeper.
As it were in the reverse fixture, a 1-0 win for the Wanderers over the defending champions.
Two goals were enough for Sydney to secure a rare win.
Last Friday night, Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory threw up an interesting contrast in attacking styles. One built around finesse and pace in behind, and another constructed on traditional number nines and service through crosses. That’s not really a surprise considering the coaches, Ange Postecoglou and Iain Ferguson.
Ninth verus tenth resulted in a dour scoreless draw.
Despite Youssof Hersi’s 37th minute red card, the Wanderers held on to their slender advantage for an important away win.
Alessandro Del Piero scored two wonderful goals but it wasn’t enough as Brisbane turned in a superb team performance.
Ian Crook’s resignation following Sydney’s 3-2 loss to the Melbourne Victory ended a tumultuous chapter for the Sky Blues.