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A League Round 4: New round, same results

  • A League Round 4: New round, same results

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29: Jumpei Kusukami of the Wanderers takes a shot at goal during the round four A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners at Spotless Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

  • A League Round 4: New round, same results

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Bruno Fornaroli of the City celebrates a goal during the round four A-League match between Melbourne City and Adelaide United at AAMI Park on October 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Another week, another round, Sydney are still undefeated, Wellington are still bottom of the league, and Besart Berisha has finally found some form. Let's get to it, there's no time like the present to talk about Victory winning 6-1.

GAME OF THE WEEK

I'm not picking my team this week, it's far too easy to pick a 6-1 drubbing and say it was fantastic. For me it was Western Sydney vs Central Coast Mariners. It was one of those cruel twists of fate where the team who deserved to win had it stolen. Central Coast, on the other hand, have shown grit and they're not going to be the kicking boys of the season despite being a relatively young side. Especially not while Paul Okon's around. They had some chances and gave the Wanderers a bit of grief mind you. Definitely a lot of potential for Okon's side.

As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.

GOAL OF THE WEEK

Bruno Fornaroli might just be one of the greatest strikers this league will ever see. His effort this past round against Adelaide took his tally to 17 goals in 17 games at AAMI Park. Astonishing stuff. 

His goals are coming at a record breaking rate, setting the pace with 23 goals last season. The previous highest tally in a season was set by Shane Smeltz and equalled by Besart Berisha (19 goals). While he may have a long way to go in terms of the all time goal scorers' list, he's not too far off cracking into 10th spot, which currently belong's to former Victory forward Danny Allsopp (42 goals). 

THE UNHERALDED HERO

This one is a bit of an odd choice I must admit, but I'm going with Liam Reddy this week. One of the league's longest serving goalkeepers made his 200th appearance for his 7th A League club. Despite his disciplinary indiscretions with his previous clubs, it's a credit to him that he's continued to play at the top level for just over a decade. 

Have to give a shout out to Storm Roux as well, although he's been heralded aplenty this week. The young fullback has made a tremendous comeback from a horror injury in February this year. 

THE GOOD

Finally, FINALLY, the Victory have got some confidence. After 2 dismal derby defeats, it's fair to say that faith hasn't been at an all time high for the boys in navy blue. While it came at the expense of a 10 man Wellington Phoenix, the introduction of James Troisi proved crucial with an influential display in midfield and having a hand in 2 of the last 4 goals. Again, I won't over exaggerate the win, as it was against 10 men who currently sit bottom. But hey, let a Victory fan have this moment at least. It's been a while since we've seen this many goals in our favour!

THE BAD

*sigh* Another damn injury, potentially long term. Might have to rename this section to the injury victims if this keeps up.
Daniel Georgievski was having a great game at left back for the Victory when a crunching mid air challenge from Jacob Tratt cut his second half rather short. The collision was pretty brutal to have seen in person, though I won't go all Sir Alex Ferguson about it. Georgievski was left with a fractured collarbone, similar in nature to the one suffered by Troisi earlier in the season. Here's hoping he'll be back soon.


On another note, I'm a little salty about the Seb Pasquali deal to Ajax. While I'm happy the lad wants to try his luck in Europe, I feel it's too early to be making a move so big at such a young age with such little first team experience. A mate brought up a good point, he must be a hell of a talent to be picked up before Melbourne City's Bruce Kamau, who's having a belter of a season so far. 

THE ARNIE

Wellington Phoenix, what in the world is going on?! 4 games, 4 losses, and only one goal via penalty to show for it. I'm concerned for the Kiwi club, the additions of Finkler and Barbarouses has yet to show any real effect in the squad. But as my brother has told me, 2 players aren't responsible for a whole team. 
Phoenix manager Ernie Merrick has lamented the lack of an international break, citing up to 6 first team players on duty for New Zealand in round 6. FFA need to sort themselves out in that regard, as I agree with Merrick on that count. But the former championship coach needs to figure out a winning formula and fast, otherwise he may not be in a job for that much longer.
I will give them credit, they've narrowly lost 1-0 to league leaders Sydney FC and the in form Melbourne City, which is more than the most of the league can say at this point. But narrow losses won't get you anywhere but bottom of the table and a sacking if they keep this up. 


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