Brisbane 4 v Perth 0 Wowzers


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The game was over by half time. And all Ferguson had to do then was protect his career. Before the game he had said the pressure was all on Brisbane. That did not ring true. The week before he had admitted his job was on the line, and 8-0 would have done that.

The combination of half time changes in Andrezinho and  Steve McGarry plus Brisbane switching down a gear in the humidity saved coach Ferguson’s career. Pity Andrezinho he has come here to dive in the box, Matt Smith got a yellow card for telling him so.  Steve McGarry took control of Perth and sometimes the game. The best for Perth was their fan base who were well behaved (and over zealously were told to be so by security) and vocal throughout.

The first photo was taken in the 2nd half after I had gone up top with the Roar

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Brisbane 4 v Perth 0 Wowzers


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The game was over by half time. And all Ferguson had to do then was protect his career. Before the game he had said the pressure was all on Brisbane. That did not ring true. The week before he had admitted his job was on the line, and 8-0 would have done that.

The combination of half time changes in Andrezinho and  Steve McGarry plus Brisbane switching down a gear in the humidity saved coach Ferguson’s career. Pity Andrezinho he has come here to dive in the box, Matt Smith got a yellow card for telling him so.  Steve McGarry took control of Perth and sometimes the game. The best for Perth was their fan base who were well behaved (and over zealously were told to be so by security) and vocal throughout.

The first photo was taken in the 2nd half after I had gone up top with the Roar

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Brisbane 4 v Perth 0 Wowzers


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The game was over by half time. And all Ferguson had to do then was protect his career. Before the game he had said the pressure was all on Brisbane. That did not ring true. The week before he had admitted his job was on the line, and 8-0 would have done that.

The combination of half time changes in Andrezinho and  Steve McGarry plus Brisbane switching down a gear in the humidity saved coach Ferguson’s career. Pity Andrezinho he has come here to dive in the box, Matt Smith got a yellow card for telling him so.  Steve McGarry took control of Perth and sometimes the game. The best for Perth was their fan base who were well behaved (and over zealously were told to be so by security) and vocal throughout.

The first photo was taken in the 2nd half after I had gone up top with the Roar running away from my favoured end. It shows how static Perth are with a flat back 4 and diamond in front, broken only by Andrezinho in the far top. Contrast this to Brisbane who are spread and mobile. Left back Steffanotto is almost as advanced as the Berisha and so wide that he is actually off the pitch. Franjic is as high and wide on the other side. When a team is some goals up, this type of move limits the other team’s risk taking. Brisbane’s back 3 is spread and yet it is clear that the Perth diamond can be covered if needed.

I scored Bahraini Mo Adnan man of the match for his first half performance. Perth relied on the long ball game to hit on the counter and his tackling was well executed and coverage fantastic. Mo obviously likes the humidity, while Broich was brilliant in the first half and set up most of the goals, in the second half he wanted to be everywhere but his body couldn’t get him there. Adnan made Smeltz look like he was just jogging round the park rather than a rival for Besart Berisha’s shot at golden boot. Adnan covers everything in the air as well was demonstrated skills with his feet. The nerves of last week’s first half were gone. Even in this week’s second half he showed his leadership skills, talking to each players before the re-start and acting as a second playmaker to Broich much of the time.

Ange has given the instructions on dealing with ‘parking of the bus.’ That is: cross field switching, and rapid movement in the final third with lots of running off the ball as decoys and targets. And go forward, attack.

I would like to see Jack Hingert get more than 18 minutes. Ivan Franjic was not bombing forward as freely by the second half and I think Jack is highly motivated. Luke Brattan has more to do to cement his spot once Mitch, Matt Jurman and Kofi return from the Olyroos.

And the talking point, apart from the record and the fireworks, was that the ref missed a penalty in the first few minutes. We were behind it and it looked goal bound and deliberate.

Crowd of nearly 20,000 kept low by lots of rain building up through the day and starting just before the game.

Oh and can some get Optus to fix their ‘live scores’ and stats. This ‘match centre’ thing doesn’t work that well.

Each week you can vote for Brisbane’s top 3 players here (at the bottom of the page).

Saturday Soccer – There’s Nothing Quite Like It


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2011 MLS Team Ages


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Here’s the numbers, which take into account all regular season minutes played:

1 NY 29.05
2 SEA 28.38
3 COL 28.25
4 RSL 27.91
5 CHV 27.77
6 SJ 27.76
7 LA 27.73
8 DAL 27.57
9 PHI 26.97
10 CLB 26.92
11 KC 26.80
12 NE 26.52
13 HOU 26.51
14 VAN 26.35
15 CHI 26.23
16 POR 25.87
17 TOR 25.44
18 DC 25.18

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Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


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If you don’t have a ticket, arrive at least 30 minutes before kick off – say 6pm – could take that long to get in.

It is starting to feel like a very big crowd. People are talking about it who never do. 20,000? more?

Why not.

Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


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If you don’t have a ticket, arrive at least 30 minutes before kick off – say 6pm – could take that long to get in.

It is starting to feel like a very big crowd. People are talking about it who never do. 20,000? more?

Why not.

Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


This post is by john from A seat at the A-League


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If you don’t have a ticket, arrive at least 30 minutes before kick off – say 6pm – could take that long to get in.

It is starting to feel like a very big crowd. People are talking about it who never do. 20,000? more?

Why not.

Newcastle 1 v Brisbane 2… sets up the big one Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


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Early in the first half Brisbane had crazy misses. Besart found himself clear twice. The first time he fell over. The second he took too long. Then Issey failed to take his chance.

Then Newcastle settled into their 3-4-3 formation with Ruben Zadkovich outpacing Erik Paaratlu, Broich having his quietest half of football ever with a few well timed elbows in the head from Kasey Wehrman, and Newcastle playmaker Ryan Griffiths occasionally looking dangerous.


Humidity was high – 85% – but this should have favoured the Roar. 

Massimo Murdocca was the only player to run all day through the heat and he was clearly Man of the Match, dominating the midfield and setting up the goals with great lead up passes. Not quite Mitch, but he stepped up. 

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Newcastle 1 v Brisbane 2… sets up the big one Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


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Early in the first half Brisbane had crazy misses. Besart found himself clear twice. The first time he fell over. The second he took too long. Then Issey failed to take his chance.

Then Newcastle settled into their 3-4-3 formation with Ruben Zadkovich outpacing Erik Paaratlu, Broich having his quietest half of football ever with a few well timed elbows in the head from Kasey Wehrman, and Newcastle playmaker Ryan Griffiths occasionally looking dangerous.


Humidity was high – 85% – but this should have favoured the Roar. 

Massimo Murdocca was the only player to run all day through the heat and he was clearly Man of the Match, dominating the midfield and setting up the goals with great lead up passes. Not quite Mitch, but he stepped up. 

Mo Adnan had his first full game for the Roar – should have got some game time last week – Continue reading “Newcastle 1 v Brisbane 2… sets up the big one Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November”

Newcastle 1 v Brisbane 2… sets up the big one Brisbane v Perth Saturday 26 – 6:45pm November


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Early in the first half Brisbane had crazy misses. Besart found himself clear twice. The first time he fell over. The second he took too long. Then Issey failed to take his chance.

Then Newcastle settled into their 3-4-3 formation with Ruben Zadkovich outpacing Erik Paaratlu, Broich having his quietest half of football ever with a few well timed elbows in the head from Kasey Wehrman, and Newcastle playmaker Ryan Griffiths occasionally looking dangerous.


Humidity was high – 85% – but this should have favoured the Roar. 

Massimo Murdocca was the only player to run all day through the heat and he was clearly Man of the Match, dominating the midfield and setting up the goals with great lead up passes. Not quite Mitch, but he stepped up. 

Mo Adnan had his first full game for the Roar – should have got some game time last week – and was very, very shaky in the first half. Plus Ivan Franjic was playing injured and didn’t break forward with speed. But the problem turned out to be Matt Smith playing while sick and he came off at half time. But not before Griffiths had scored for the Jets – with Mo out of position.


The first 10 minutes of the 2nd half were bad for the Roar. And Newcastle will be disappointed they did not seal it. 


But then Brisbane, Ange had been yelling for them to play forward, surged. The turning point was the 52nd minute when Newcastle keeper Ben Kennedy had his nose broken in a scramble with one of his defenders. 


Massimo pushed forward and the ball reached Issey on the right. Our man Besart Berisha ran across the 6 yard box left to right and drew a defender and the keeper, while the ball raced across from right to left from Issey and Henrique won the race with a Newcastle defender to push in. From there Brisbane lifted. Instead of Newcastle playing high and dominating possession, Brisbane played their own game. 


For the last 30 minutes of the game, Brisbane always looked like scoring. Murdocca played a key role racing away with the ball from the wrong side of half way and pushing through to Broich, Henrique, Issey and Besart and later Luke Brattan and James Meyer.


Besart had a tough game and ended up arguing with the ref a few times. He will have to watch that. It isn’t going to go his way all the time.


As soon as Brisbane got back to their game, Newcastle could not keep up and their game plan fell away.


Jack Hingert had his first time for Brisbane coming on at half time as right back and looked very strong and pushed forward like we would expect from Franjic. This allowed Mo Adnan to move to centre back where he looked very comfortable and dominated the air and much more relaxed and made some critical tackles. The move freed up Shane Stefanutto and then Erik Paaratlu and the midfield started to move off the ball. In the 2nd half, this brought Broich back into the game from the left. But he was hampered by the heat and passed, rather than shot, at key moments. But Ange has directed that they get a small number of high percentage shots rather than a high number of very low percentage shots. And Newcastle didn’t get there because they shot too early, or shot when there was no goal to be had, or just missed 50-50 shots and headers. On the other hand, James Meyer can shoot from distance and may be the answer when teams ‘park the bus’. Meyer first timer from a cross from a short corner 3 minutes after coming on for Henrique in the 83rd minute, sealed the game. Newcastle were not coming back. Even with 7 minutes of extra time.


As a side note, the colours of the two teams, Newcastle home and Brisbane away were very close and the ref seemed to get them mixed up making wrong calls on fouls and hand balls.


Note to FFA, 6:45pm next Saturday – these times are all over the place making it hard to remember or plan.

Players Must Show That Liverpool Aren’t a One Man Team


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Back in the nineties teams would travel to Anfield with one plan in mind: that of stopping Steve McManaman.  The thinking was that if they managed this then they were well on their way to getting something out of the game.  It wasn’t a tactic that worked as much as its reputation suggested yet it worked often enough for it to continue being used.

That tactic seems to be back in fashion.  It would be incorrect to say that the last three teams to have come to Anfield all did so with the aim of going away with a point but all three paid particular attention to Luis Suarez.  The belief that by limiting him you limit Liverpool is growing.

Yet at its core it is a false belief.  Last season Stewart Downing was often Aston Villa’s match winner whilst Blackpool’s valiant fight against relegation was largely down to Charlie Adam.  These two players have the potential to turn a game in Liverpool’s favour.  Only they haven’t been doing it.

Nor has anyone else.

Liverpool’s problem isn’t the over-reliance on Suarez but rather the deficiencies of other players.  Just as players used to stand back and let Steve McManaman and, later, Steven Gerrard try to save games, so too it seems that the current batch are abdicating their responsibility and hoping that Suarez comes up with an invention that wins the game.  But, as we’ve seen in recent weeks, it cannot work that way.

That this is happening is partly down to the number of new players that there are.  These are still getting used to playing in a different environment that has new (and greater) pressures to what they were used to.  They are also still trying to fit into a system the workings of which are still new to them with team-mates whom they don’t know and who don’t know them. And rather than letting their instincts take over they let fear rule.  It is much safer to try to get the ball to Suarez then try something yourself.

This was increasingly apparent against Swansea when preying at the back of the minds of most players was the thought of dropping more points like they did against Norwich.  As the game wore on and the fear grew, so did the misplaced passes which resulted in Liverpool ceeding control of the game.

Over the course of the season, only rarely have Liverpool’s midfield players really taken control and been dangerous.  Rarely has anyone other than Suarez really shown the mental strength and determination to push up a notch.  When that happened – Henderson’s cameo appearance against Manchester United springs to mind – then we saw midfielders really in with a chance to score.

Suarez, being Liverpool’s best player, will inevitably always feature prominently in attacking moves; it would be foolish to structure the team otherwise.  But he cannot and, with the talent that there is in the squad, he need not be the only focus.

Yet if the other players keep deferring to him then it is only natural that other teams start reacting to that.  The problem, then, isn’t that Liverpool’s main threat is Luis Suarez it is that the other players are acting as if that they believe that he is the only one.

On the Guardian Sport Blog redesign


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A year ago last month, I wrote a six part series for Pitch Invasion called “Football, blogs and newspapers unite?” in which I pushed for a newspaper/blog network as the future of digital sports journalism. Here’s me:

Moreover, many papers are mulling over switching their hard news content over to paid-for smart phone, or iPad-like apps. If that model becomes the basis for most news providers to secure payment-for-content, their shadow WWW sites aren’t going away—and bloggers could help fill in this content gap. A series of blog networks linked to a newspaper main page with several rotating feature posts awarded to bloggers based on editorial merit. Think of it as a kind of like a much-expanded Guardian Favourite Things, split into blogs of a specific type, with rotating sponsors.

The series, which included interviews with Michael Cox and Sean Ingle, made a minor splash when it came out with a write up in WSC magazine (it’s also likely the reason that tiny little AMSL ended up in the Guardian’s 100 blogs to look for last year).

A year later, and the Guardian has an Apple newsreader app, and now, a redesigned sport blog. Sean Ingle:

The partnership involves cross-posting the most interesting, provocative and quirky pieces from our 15-strong network (a figure that will grow in the weeks and months ahead) on our Sportblog, with a link back to the original site, thus showcasing bloggers’ work and hopefully driving more traffic to their sites. It is the intention of the Guardian to move closer to what our editor, Alan Rusbridger, has called an “open model of journalism” which promotes a far greater richness and diversity of content, and this is another confident step on this journey.

I’m not going to presume I had any part in this development (although it would be awesome beyond words if I did), but it’s a fantastic thing for the bloggers involved, which range from the Run of Play to Zonal Marking to Snap Kaka Pop. Though I don’t know much about the financial terms/advertizing scheme (if any),hopefully this will become a model for other newspapers who will in turn snap up their own cadre of talented soccer writers. The future is now, as the cliche goes.