Match Review: Streak ends at 36 as Sydney take the win.Posted: December 4, 2011
Sack the players, Ange out! Sydney are cheats ect ect. Ok now that’s out of the way we can get on with talking about the football match. For those unaware Sydney came away 2-0 winners with early goals from Dimitri Petratos and Brett Emerton and for just about the entire match looked by far the better side. Was this down to Sydney and their excellent tactics, or did Brisbane just have a bad day? For mine it’s probably a mixture of the two, but Sydney’s plan was excellent. More on that in a moment.
Meyer for Nakajima-Farran (59), Brattan for Murdocca (62), Adnan for Henrique 83)
Makela for Cazarine (66), Grant for Carle (82), Ryall for Petratos (88)
Brisbane got off to the worst possible start conceding a goal after 37 seconds. Pascal Bosschaart took a quick free kick around the half way line and Bruno Cazarine flicked it intelligently to Dimitri Petratos who got on the end of it to slot it home past Theoklitos. Dream start for Sydney and a nightmare for Brisbane.
Sydney doubled the lead after 20 minutes when a Brett Emerton corner got caught in the late afternoon wind before being blown into the net. Theoklitos went up for it –and it may eventually be credited to him as an own goal- but only with the one hand, and all he could do was parry it into the bottom corner of his net. Perhaps Theo could have done a better job defending the corner but there were also 2 men on the near post who the ball beat as well. 2-0 down and in plenty of trouble, could Brisbane respond?
Well unlike in their previous 36 games – of which they have come from behind on 18 occasions- Brisbane never really looked likely. The front 3 were all largely anonymous and there wasn’t the same drive from midfield as in the previous weeks. The best two chances fell to Berisha 5minutes either side of halftime as Nakajima- Farran linked up with him. Berisha thou missed the first one, and Reddy made a good save on the second. Beyond that Reddy really didn’t have a lot to do.
For those with good memories they will remember that Sydney put Brisbane under a host of pressure in round two, but could not sustain it and on Friday I asked if Sydney were fit enough to play that way for 90 minutes, a question they answered in no uncertain style. Sydney’s high pressing game was extremely effective when they used it, and they profited from it twice and could have done so on more occasions. But they didn’t do it for 90 minutes and when they weren’t pressing high they sat in their half and were incredibly compact making it very difficult for the Roar. Very good tactics from Lavicka and well executed from the Sydney players.
Brisbane having an off day or Sydney winning it tactically?
Well it’s an interesting question and as always with these things it invariably lies somewhere in the middle, but if I had to choose one id go the slightly bias way and suggest it was Brisbane having an off day. Take absolutely nothing away from Sydney who played their best game in 2 seasons for mine and their tactics will be a blueprint every other club will try and replicate but we were poor. Without wanting to make excuses Thomas Broich is obviously a massive loss and im pleased that Ange didn’t risk a longer term injury with him, even if it did cost us in an attacking sense today because I believe if he was there he just might have been the man to unlock the sky blues defence.
In addition to that there is no question that beating the record last week –I’ll have a blog about the streak up shortly- was a massive weight off the players minds and I think that there was an emotional let down from it without question. At least now the players can focus on the games without being asked about going undefeated ect which might relax them and help bring the best out of them. Either way you have to congratulate Sydney on their victory, and move on to next weeks game vs. Melbourne Heart.
Sydney FC 2 (Petratos 1’, Emerton 19’)
Brisbane Roar 0
At WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
Referee: Peter Green
Sydney FC: 1. Liam Reddy, 3. Jamie Coyne, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 5. Michael Beauchamp, 7. Brett Emerton, 8. Karol Kisel, 9. Bruno Cazarine (18. Juho Makela 66’), 10. Nick Carle (23. Rhyan Grant 82’), 11. Dimitri Petratos (2. Sebastian Ryall 88’), 12. Shannon Cole, 15. Terry McFlynn.
Substitutes (not used): 20. Ivan Necevski (gk).
Yellow cards: Bruno Cazarine (42’), Karol Kisel (63’), Juho Makela (76’)
Red cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael Theoklitos, 2-. Matt Smith, 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca (18. Luke Brattan 62’), 10. Henrique (16. Mohamed Adnan 83’), 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran (21. James Meyer 59’)
Substitutes (not used): 30. Matt Acton (gk).
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Brisbane: Theoklitos 6, Franjic 7, Smith 6, Jurman 5, Stefanutto 6, Paartalu 5, Murdocca 5, Nichols 6, Henrique 5, Berisha 5, Nakajima- Farran 5. Brattan 5, Adnan 6, Meyer 5.
Reddy 7, Coyne 6, Bosschaart 8, Beauchamp 6, Cole 8, McFlynn 7, Carle 7, Kisel 6, Emerton 7, Petratos 8, Cazarine 7. Makela 6, Ryall 6, Grant 6.
“Conceding the early goal set us on the back foot a little bit and I thought Sydney were really good after that, they were really committed,” Postecoglou said.
“We didn’t really get into any sort of rhythm during the game, we found it difficult to get going.
“Credit to Sydney, they stuck to their task for 90 minutes which is something a lot of teams haven’t been able to do so far.
“Sometimes the opposition are just better than you on the day and they were.”