Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League started on Friday night at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia between Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory and Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United. A 90th minute goal from Bruce Kumau was enough to give Adelaide a 1-0 victory over a listless Victory outfit that is now in poor form heading into AFC Champions League play against Shanghai SIPG at home.
“It was nowhere near good enough to win a football game,” said Muscat to Fox Sports. “Maybe it’s a little bit of a reality check for us as well. There seems to be a lot of things spoken about but that performance tonight was nowhere near where it should be.”
However, the Victory are not the only ones looking far from flash. Graham Arnold‘s Sydney FC took part in the Sydney Derby at Allianz Stadium against Tony Popovic‘s Western Sydney Wanderers. Dario Vidosic scored in the 13th minute for the visitors and Scott Jamieson scored an own goal in the 36th minute as both Sydney sides played to a 1-1 draw. Sydney are away to Urawa Red Diamonds next Wednesday.
“I just said to [the players] that is the minimum every week. I don’t want anything less,” Arnold said. “That’s why I was so disappointed last week. I probably went off my brain for the first time since [I was coaching] Northern Spirit I was that angry after the Perth game.
“I put players out there that were prepared to fight and fight for Sydney FC. Sydney FC is a fantastic club, has a wonderful family of owners. The players get everything off the field. They get paid early…I’m used to getting paid late or not at all. The players need to respect that and today they showed exactly what they are capable of. We should have won the game.”
Another team that should have won its game was John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar, who wilted against a spirited Perth Glory side managed by Kenny Lowe. Chris Harold (32′), Nebojsa Marinkovic (38′), Shane Lowry (41′), Diego Castro (49′), Andy Keogh (5′) and Richard Garcia (86′) scored for Perth in their 6-3 win over Brisbane at nib Stadium. Dimi Petratos (28), Jade North (35′) and Jamie Maclaren (17′) scored for the Roar. Despite the result, Aloisi isn’t worried.
“We’ve got too many good players for it to rattle their confidence,” Aloisi said. “We’re still in a good position, we’re still confident in what we’re doing. We might have to work on set pieces against us a little more, but in terms of the way we’re playing and creating chances, we still believe that we can go and beat anyone wherever we play them.”
In other action across the league, Melbourne City hammered Central Coast Mariners 4-1 at AAMI Park and the Newcastle Jets edged the Wellington Phoenix in a 3-2 thriller at Hunter Stadium. Here are your scoreline predictions for the next round of games.
- Melbourne City 4, Wellington Phoenix 2
- Western Sydney Wanderers 2, Perth Glory 2
- Adelaide United 3, Brisbane Roar 1
- Melbourne Victory 1, Sydney FC 1
- Newcastle Jets 3, Central Coast Mariners 0