Brisbane smash Perth on record breaking night.Posted: November 28, 2011
*Apologies that this blog is so late, had a few personal things to take care of.
How about that then, Brisbane Roar officially are the best sporting team this country has ever seen! And we here at The Roar Review congratulate Ange Postecoglou and the entire playing staff –both those here now and those who have departed- on this fantastic achievement. For those who have been living under a rock, or simply cannot remember anything about the game, Brisbane won 4-2 with imports Besart Berisha and Issey Nakajima-Farran getting doubles and making particular nuisances of themselves. Not a bad result to pull off when the new owners are in town either.
I know it isn’t the clearest of pictures, but this is the trophy presented to the club by the FFA on Saturday night, and it appears to have the names of all players who have been involved in match day squads during the momentous run which is a fantastic touch to remember former players who had a big say in the unbeaten run.
Brattan for Murdocca 52’, Meyer for Henrique 70’, Hingert for Franjic 75’.
McGarry for Amphlett 45’
Brisbane back to their brilliant best:
I don’t know if the unbeaten streak and breaking the record was playing on the players minds in the last few weeks but they have seemed to be a tad below their best on the park. That well and truly changed in the first half on Saturday, and they got back to their sublime best which dismantled the “premiership favourites” 7-1. The attacking players seemed free and able to move their usual ways and the midfield was able to pick them out expertly. Whether or not this was because Glory turned up with a poor plan or the pressure was off idk, but it was fantastic to see the old Brisbane back.
Issey shows up:
Over the last couple of weeks there have been some mumblings from some of the fans regarding the Canadian import and his apparent poor performances thus far in an orange shirt. Well on Saturday night he answered them, and he did it in the best possible way. His two goals were absolutely brilliant, both in the making of them and in the execution by Issey, the way he just killed the ball dead in the box before lobbing it home was one of the best pieces of skill I have seen in this league. But it wasn’t just the goals, his all-round game was much improved and it appears he is getting use to his surroundings now and more importantly the function in the team he is required to play.
Over the last two weeks we have seen opposition teams try out completely opposite tactics and get somewhat impressive results out of them, but Perth took another option, one that was a complete waste of time, they tried something in-between both ideas. The net result of this was that they neither sat back and congested the defensive third and thus making themselves tough to break down like Wellington, nor did they press onto the Roar higher up the park like Newcastle and try to stop Brisbane playing their style and as such they looked completely lost out there at times and came away like many before them have done with their tails between their legs.
Brisbane Roar 4 (Besart BERISHA 23’ 45’, Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN 33’, 41’)
Perth Glory 0
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH (c), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC (19. Jack HINGERT 76’), 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA (18. Luke BRATTAN 52’), 10. HENRIQUE (21. James MEYER 67’), 11. Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN, 16. Mohamed ADNAN, 22. Thomas BROICH
Substitutes not used: 30. Matt Acton (gk)
Yellow cards: Matt SMITH 59’, Besart BERISHA 78’
Red cards: Nil
Perth Glory: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Sebastian VAN DEN BRINK, 4. Billy MEHMET, 7. Jacob BURNS (c), 8. Adam HUGHES, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 15. Tommy AMPLETT (14. Steven McGARRY 46’), 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Joshua RISDON, 25. Trent McCLENAHAN (27. ANDREZINHO 46’)
Substitutes not used: 18. Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 30. Lewis ITALIANO (gk)
Yellow cards: Jacob BURNS 25’, Shane SMELTZ 82’
Red cards: Nil
Brisbane: Theoklitos 7, Franjic 7, Smith 7, Adnan 7, Paartalu 7, Murdocca 7, Broich 8, Nakajima-Farran 8, Henrique 7, Berisha 8, Hingert 6, Brattan 6, Meyer 6.
Perth: Vukovic 6, McClenahan, Risdon 6, van den Brink 7, Mitchell 6, Amphlett 5, Burns 6, Hughes 6, Howarth 6, Smeltz 6, Mehmet 6, McGarry 6, Andrezinho 5.
“It was great, sometimes when opportunities come along it doesn’t always work but all forces come together today and it was a great night for the club,” he said. “Great crowd, the boys were fantastic and scored some quality goals and tonight’s performance really epitomises the type of football club we want to be. “Tonight the players got reward for all their hard work which is great to see.”