Melbourne Victory 3-2 Wellington Phoenix: Victory dominate for an hour, before Phoenix nearly overturn deficit

Despite a late comeback from the Phoenix Melbourne Victory held out for a second straight win. Guilherme Finkler returned in midfield following his injury while Ange Postecoglou gave Diogo Ferriera a first start of the season at right-back ahead of Matthew Foschini. With Ben Sigmund suspended, Ricki Herbert selected Michael Boxall in central defence alongside captain … Continue reading Melbourne Victory 3-2 Wellington Phoenix: Victory dominate for an hour, before Phoenix nearly overturn deficit

Central Coast Mariners 7-2 Sydney FC: Crook’s half-time change leads to thrashing

A flurry of second half goals secured an incredible margin of victory for the Mariners. Graham Arnold made no changes from the side that defeated the Melbourne Heart last week, despite Tom Rogic being under a mild injury cloud. Rather, the biggest news in terms of selection was the absence of Alessandro Del Piero: the … Continue reading Central Coast Mariners 7-2 Sydney FC: Crook’s half-time change leads to thrashing

Colosimo and Gerhardt’s poor positioning exposes Heart’s central defence

Last night’s game between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Melbourne Heart was a scrappy, stop-start affair eventually settled by Patrick Gerhardt’s unfortunate own goal. The nature of the goal meant Gerhardt was ultimately at fault with a terrible clearance, but that was not the crucial flaw in his game. Rather, it was his tendency … Continue reading Colosimo and Gerhardt’s poor positioning exposes Heart’s central defence

Five Once Football chalkboards and tactical observations from Round Four

The ONCE Football application is a superb tool for analysing data from the A-League, and here are five observations gleaned from chalkboardsy drawn from the app. Kosmina’s diamond solution The decision to ban a media presence from his Thursday training session suggested John Kosmina was going to tinker with his side’s formation. In switching from … Continue reading Five Once Football chalkboards and tactical observations from Round Four

The importance of Milligan and Flores to Ange Postecoglou’s system

Moving Mark Milligan into midfield and playing Marcos Flores as the false nine have been the two biggest tactical talking points of Ange Postecoglou’s tenure at Melbourne Victory so far. Both players are calm, intelligent passers operating at different ends of the pitch – Milligan is a defender who can also play midfield, while Flores … Continue reading The importance of Milligan and Flores to Ange Postecoglou’s system

Brisbane Roar 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: First goal and first win for Western Sydney

The Western Sydney Wanderers defeated the reigning champions away from home to record a historic victory. Rado Vidosic made no changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wellington Phoenix last week, meaning Jack Hingert again filled in at right-back in Ivan Franjic’s enforced absence. With Dino Kresinger sidelined, Popovic gave a surprise start to … Continue reading Brisbane Roar 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: First goal and first win for Western Sydney

Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne Victory: Heskey at the double

Emile Heskey scored a double to ensure Newcastle’s third win of the season. Gary van Egmond gave Ben Kantarovski and Josh Brillante a first start of the season in midfield and defence respectively, with James Virigli dropping to the bench, and Ryan Griffiths moving to the right of a 4-3-3 formation. Ange Postecoglou, having lost Guilherme … Continue reading Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne Victory: Heskey at the double

Will Arnold’s return to the diamond help Mariners find their attacking form?

Earlier this week I discussed Tom Rogic's start to the season using Once Football data, where I suggested that his troubles could be linked to the new 4-2-3-1 formation that Graham Arnold has used this season. While this seemingly ubiquitous formation presents great benefit defensively with the two midfielders able to screen the back four, … Continue reading Will Arnold’s return to the diamond help Mariners find their attacking form?

Ten talking points from round four of the A-League

Four rounds in, the A-League is as tactically diverse and exciting as ever before. Herea re ten talking points. Inevitably, the focus of the Friday night match between Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets will be on the possible debut of new signing Nathan Coe. A move for the fringe Socceroos goalkeeper was unexpected considering that … Continue reading Ten talking points from round four of the A-League

Analysing Tom Rogic’s start to the season at close quarters

If it hadn’t already become clear how important Tom Rogic was to the Central Coast Mariners, then the image of him alongside the three marquees for the A-League’s launch established that, instead of signing an experienced and notable celebrity, Arnold would be placing his faith in youthful exuberance. Rogic needed little introduction to A-League viewers … Continue reading Analysing Tom Rogic’s start to the season at close quarters