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.
Henrique’s second half goal was enough for Brisbane’s first win under Mike Mulvey.
Archie Thompson scored an extraordinarily late winner to cap off a thrilling finale in the Melbourne Derby.
Newcastle’s record of only winning when Emile Heskey scores continued in a 2-1 win.
Dani Sanchez equalised late to give the home side an unexpected point.
Steven McGarry’s wonder strike was enough to separate last season’s grand finalists.
The Wanderers scored six in an extraordinary night for the A-League newcomers.
Both Melbourne teams have experienced fluctuating seasons, but it is the away side that are the more settled heading into Saturday’s derby. They have a predictable starting XI and a very defined way of playing, meaning the tactical battle will rest on John Aloisi’s gameplan.
Brisbane Roar are the defending champions of the A-League, yet they sit ninth on the table, one point above cellar dwellers Sydney FC. Now Rado Vidosic has been replaced as head coach by Mike Mulvey, who has only ever been in charge of four A-League matches. It’s an astonishing turnaround for a side that was the pinnacle of the competition for two consecutive years, so what has gone wrong this season for the Roar?Continue reading
In a rare Friday night double header, back-to-back games featured a battle between two sides playing identical 4-2-3-1 formations. Then, the weekend’s marquee fixture, the Sydney derby, featured a similar match-up, with the preceding match, Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar, featuring two sides that could also be described as 4-2-3-1, although the Victory might be better described as a 4-4-2.