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A-League 2013/14 – Round 19 & 20 – A Spanner In The Works


Adelaide United 2 Central Coast Mariners 0

Sydney FC 2 Perth Glory 1

Wellington Phoenix 0 Melbourne Heart 5

Brisbane Roar 0 Newcastle Jets 1

Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 4

Newcastle Jets 0 Sydney FC 2

Melbourne Victory 4 Adelaide United 3

Perth Glory 0 Western Sydney Wanderers 2

Melbourne Heart 1 Brisbane Roar 0

The Pointy End Of The Season


They say that the league table never lies but in the case of this season, it also doesn’t give a clear indication of just how far some teams have come and just how low some others have dropped.  Adelaide United, Melbourne Heart and Wellington Phoenix have all continued their improbable turn around in form and all three teams – even Melbourne Heart who went without a win for seventeen matches in a ten team league – are a genuine chance to make the finals.  To each team’s credit, they have won the majority of their last seven games but more importantly, all have immediately bounced back after a loss.  The most emphatic comeback of course was the Phoenix who went down 5-0 at home to the Heart and then won 4-1 away to the Mariners, a near unthinkable result at the start of the season when you considered the consistency that the Mariners have shown over the years.

For certain teams to rise, others must falter and two of those teams are Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets.  Infuriatingly, the Jets beat the Roar 3 out of 3 games this season but literally, have done nothing else this year.  They beat the Roar at Christmas, didn’t win a game since, beat us again, and then lost their very next game.

The Roar are also in a form slump having gone winless in 3 and having lost two games in a row (to 8th and 10th respectively).  The team currently don’t seem to be clicking and playing with the seamless fluidity they did earlier in the season.  There isn’t anything outrageously wrong or an easy fix to point towards (Broich back from injury, get rid of Jurman etc) and instead it seems to be a problem with head space.  Which is probably not a good thing since the club has historically gone on massive form slumps in the past which sometimes take half a season to fix.

Still, I have faith in Mulvey to bring the troops together and its not panic stations yet (not when the Wanderers and Victory remain inconsistent).  Next up is a home game against the woeful Perth Glory who are genuinely deserving on their current spot on the ladder.  If we lose at home to Perth…then I’ll start to worry.

News and Notes

  • Judging by Central Coast Mariners’ first game of the Asian Champions League, it looks like Australian teams will continue to do rubbish in this competition
  • …and concede penalties
  • It’s kind of annoying seeing ancient Socceroos players like David Carney returning to the A-League in a transparent attempt to gain selection for the upcoming World Cup as opposed to having any genuine interest in giving back to the game at a domestic level
  • Roar topic of discussion:  Should we keep playing Berisha or has he become a liability since his signing with Melbourne Victory has been announced?
  • Happy to see the FFA Cup competition come to fruition.  Hopefully we get a bunch of minnows making it far into the competition.  Hopefully at the expense of the Victory or Sydney FC.
  • Speaking of Sydney FC, I can’t get my head around how a consistently awful team has won nine matches out of twenty this season.  Still, I’m happy that they may become a prospective opponent for the Roar in the finals.  We’ve put nine past them in two games.  Playing against slow, old players is our specialty.
  • Seriously though, if we lose to Perth Glory I am going to freak out.

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