Brisbane run riot in home opener.

Brisbane Roar: 5 (Broich 21’, Paartalu 23’, Berisha 64’, 90+2’ Nichols 81’)

Melbourne Victory: 0

Crowd: 17,364 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Referee: Strebre Delovski

Brisbane Roar: Theo, Smith, Stefanutto, Jurman, Franjic, Paartalu, Murdocca, Halloran, Nichols, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutions: Fitzgerald for Nichols (84’), Brattan for Murdocca (89’)
Unused subs: Hingert, Acton.
Yellow cards: Jurman, Smith
Red cards: Nil

Melbourne Victory: Thomas, Dilevski, Leijer, Foschini, Traore, Finkler, Bru, Jeggo, Flores, Nabbout, Allsopp.
Substitutions: Markelis for Nabbout (62’), Celeski for Jeggo (63’), Broxham for Dilevski (83’)
Unused subs: Velaphi
Yellow cards: Jeggo, Allsopp, Broxham
Red cards: nil

How good was that? Beating Melbourne Victory at home with the added bonus of our former mentor being the Victory coach. Since im mentioning him now and I don’t want to make this entire thing about him I might as swell get it out the way now- I was a bit disappointed with his reactions post game. The weak hand shake with Rado and running off the field like as if he was in danger was a bit disappointing and distasteful imo, to borrow a phrase. IDK Gary Wilkins felt the need to rush over and be the 1st to shake Ange’s hand though- leave that to the coaches’ imo.

Ok- now that were done with that- onto the game and Brisbane lined up in their customary 4-3-3 shape with Massimo Murdocca coming into the starting line-up to replace Nick Fitzgerald and imo that is the best XI Brisbane has atm- Henrique included. Having the pace of Halloran on one side, the guile and genius of Broich on the other with Nichols’ goal scoring ability and the work rate of Murdocca and Paartalu is the best combination imo. Halloran in particular was outstanding imo last night with his forays down the right hand side and cutting inside- was very unlucky not to score.

Victory for their part were undermanned due to international selections to the point where Postecoglou had to rely on a kid plucked straight out of the VPL for their NYL squad who hadn’t even played for them yet in Andrew Nabbout. Their attack was lead by the perennially out of form Danny Allsopp which shows you just how short of firepower Victory are without talisman Archie Thompson.

Most of Brisbane’s goals were on the simple side with Victory’s defence being exposed time and again for its frailties. The 1st came from a quick throw in to a midfielder not tracked, who cut it back to another untracked midfielder to slot home. The 2nd came from quiet possibly the worst defending at a corner I’ve ever witnessed and the 3rd came from Victory having a high defensive line a simple ball clipped over the top to the onrushing attackers. The 4th came from a cross which Thomas couldn’t claim or clear and Nichols slotted into the empty net while the 5th was generated from a penetrating run inside from Halloran who had his shot blocked before Fitzgerald teed up Berisha. Atleast 4 of the 5 goals could have been avoided with better defensive organisation and im sure Postecoglou was particularly disappointed at that.

That’s not to take anything away from Brisbane and the way they played last night however- it was yet another masterclass from a team who’s dished out several such lessons in the past 2 seasons. What last night did show however is how the attack has been and will be varied under Rado. The dominant and 1st thought is always to play through sides with short passing movements, triangles and interplay but when that’s not on due to defensive pressure- rather than continue to do that at all costs they now look to get the ball forward quicker, either through the air or on the ground. And with a weapon like Halloran in the side why not. From a defensive perspective im sure everyone noticed the pressure Brisbane were putting on Victory last night and it’s going to be a theme against them this year and a problem for Ange to try and solve.

 

Notes:
– This was head coach Rado Vidosic’s 1st win as Brisbane Roar head coach, so congratulations Rado.
– It was the 1st time Brisbane Roar has won the 1st match against a former head coach. The only previous Roar coach Brisbane has faced is Miron Bleiberg and the 1st time they faced his Gold Coast resulted in a 3-1 defeat.
– The win makes it 4 consecutive home wins against Melbourne Victory- a side which perennially came up here and took the 3 points how. To find the last defeat at home to Melbourne you need to go back to late 2009.

Statistics:
Via Fox Sports A-League Match tracker.

Player ratings:
Brisbane: Theo 7, Franjic 7, Jurman 7, Stefanutto 7, Paartalu 7, Nichols 8, Broich 8,  Murdocca 7, Halloran 8, Berisha 8, Fitzgerald 7, Brattan 7.

Melbourne: Thomas 5, Dilevski 5, Foschini 5, Leijer 5, Traore 5, Bru 6, Jeggo 6, Finkler 6, Flores 6, Allsopp 6, Nabbout 6, Broxham 6, Celeski 6, Markelis 6.

Up Next:
Brisbane faces a tricky trip across the Tasman to take on an in form Wellington Phoenix side who are currently unbeaten following a 1-1 draw this afternoon with Melbourne Heart.

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2 Comments on “Brisbane run riot in home opener.”

  1. Ryan mooney says:

    Murdocca deserved an 8 imo

  2. Est.91 says:

    Im very surprised by the possession and passing stats!


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