Sydney FC v Western Sydney tactical preview

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 … Continue reading Sydney FC v Western Sydney tactical preview

Analysing Emile Heskey’s impact at the Newcastle Jets

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 … Continue reading Analysing Emile Heskey’s impact at the Newcastle Jets

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Brisbane Roar: Late Ono penalty

As it were in the reverse fixture, a 1-0 win for the Wanderers over the defending champions. Tony Popovic made three changes to the side that was beaten last week by the Wellington Phoenix, with Youssof Hersi returning from suspension and Shannon Cole and Joey Gibbs handed starts in place of Tahj Minniecon, Mark Bridge … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Brisbane Roar: Late Ono penalty

Wellington Phoenix 1-2 Sydney FC: Farina starts with win

Two goals were enough for Sydney to secure a rare win. Ricki Herbert likes a settled side: he named an unchanged XI here, with Manny Muscat continuing his record of starting in every A-League match this season in midfield. Frank Farina was without Brett Emerton, Tony Antonis or marquee Alessandro Del Piero, but the main … Continue reading Wellington Phoenix 1-2 Sydney FC: Farina starts with win

Postecoglou emerges victorious over Ferguson in clash of contrasting styles

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. Postecoglou is a self-confessed possession ideologue, constantly … Continue reading Postecoglou emerges victorious over Ferguson in clash of contrasting styles

Sydney FC 0-0 Melbourne Heart: Second goalless stalemate of the season

Ninth verus tenth resulted in a dour scoreless draw. Although Frank Farina was appointed as Ian Crook’s successor midweek, he decided to allow interim Steve Corica to take control of this game. ''As big a game as it is tomorrow, you don't want to be confusing them,” said Farina. “So I said to Steve, 'You … Continue reading Sydney FC 0-0 Melbourne Heart: Second goalless stalemate of the season

Perth Glory 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Early pressing gives way to red card and futile dominance

Despite Youssof Hersi's 37th minute red card, the Wanderers held on to their slender advantage for an important away win. Iain Ferguson kept with the same side that drew with Adelaide Unitted, with Steve Pantedlis on the bench. The surprising decision was the complete omission of Shane Smeltz because of 'personal matters' - Nick Ward … Continue reading Perth Glory 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Early pressing gives way to red card and futile dominance

Brisbane Roar 4-2 Sydney FC: Sydney poor as Brisbane pass and move to victory

Alessandro Del Piero scored two wonderful goals but it wasn’t enough as Brisbane turned in a superb team performance. Following three straight losses, Rado Vidosic made drastic changes, dropping Matt Jurman and Mitch Nicholls (the latter from the complete squad), with Besart Berisha and Jack Hingert both returning to the starting XI. Henrique moved to … Continue reading Brisbane Roar 4-2 Sydney FC: Sydney poor as Brisbane pass and move to victory

Crook’s departure stems from troubles in midfield

Ian Crook's resignation following Sydney's 3-2 loss to the Melbourne Victory ended a tumultuous chapter for the Sky Blues. Graham Arnold was Sydney's first choice after Vítězslav Lavicka's departure at the end of last season, but they were turned down as Arnold chose to stay in the comfort of the Central Coast. This meant that the club … Continue reading Crook’s departure stems from troubles in midfield

Melbourne Heart 4-1 Brisbane Roar: Champions dismantled

John Aloisi’s second win was a thrashing of the defending champions. The Melbourne Heart coach made one change to the side that lost to the Wanderers last week, with Nick Kalmar coming in for Sam Mitchinson. Aziz Behich moved back into his regular fullback position while Kalmar was deployed on the left wing. Richard Garcia … Continue reading Melbourne Heart 4-1 Brisbane Roar: Champions dismantled