Brisbane draw with Melbourne- stretch unbeaten run vs. Victory to 7 games.Posted: December 16, 2012
No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you, Brisbane are currently on a 7 game unbeaten run against the Victory. The last loss- a 3-0 defeat in October 2009, following which Brisbane went on a long unbeaten run. Im sure you all remember what im talking about. But back to more recent events- yesterday’s match was a quiet amazing contest in which Ben Halloran gave Brisbane the lead, before Milligan scored to equalise just after half time.
Victory started at such a high tempo it took Brisbane a good 5-10 minutes to get up to the speed of the game, and Victory really should have been 1 or 2 goals clear after the opening 20 mins. Victory’s pressure –especially from Milligan and Celeski- put real pressure on Brisbane playing out and Paartalu gave the ball away quiet a lot in the opening 15-20 mins.
Brisbane did play themselves into the game from there and even more so after the goal. Nichols and Halloran in particular began to control the play on the flanks while Broich moved into dangerous positions in the middle- but was fouled before he could take advantage. Halloran took his chance well which is a credit to him, although I don’t think Ange will be overly impressed with Diogo Ferreira’s attempt to clear the ball.
Victory came out after the break and got their equaliser after Finkler drew the entire Brisbane midfield to him which left Milligan free. Franjic was a bit undecided on wether or not to drop off or attack Milligan which game him the chance to shoot. From then on in the 2nd half it was basically all Melbourne and if they were being honest- they should have gone on to win the game and probably would have on another day if it weren’t for Theo’s heroics.
The injury situation isn’t looking too good either with Nichols and Berisha going off yesterday. Nichols seems to be ok and should be ready for Perth on Friday, but the same can’t be said for Berisha who looks destined for a long stint on the sidelines. So who replaces him? Well- there’s 3 options really- Henrique, Meyer and Proia. Henrique is the option Rado took away to the Heart and that didn’t work so well, which leads to one of Meyer or Proia getting the chance. I can seem Meyer starting upfront next week if Berisha is, as expected, out with Proia perhaps getting his chance off the bench.
A few quick points on a couple of individuals.
Michael Theo in goal was unbelievable yesterday, he’s had some critics in the comments on this page in the past but this season he’s demonstrated quiet clearly he’s one of the best keepers in the league and tbh the situation could be a lot worse if it weren’t for Theo.
Jack Hingert at RB had another really solid outing and looks to have that position sewn up for the time being. Yesterday he had to deal with the threat of Thompson and Rojas at times, and he did it brilliantly. There were to occasions when Archie was in a dangerous position and both times Hingert snuffed out the danger.
Brisbane: Theo 8, Hingert 8, Smith 7, Franjic 7, Stefanutto 7, Paartalu 7, Murdocca 7, Nichols 7, Broich 7, Halloran 8, Berisha 7, Henrique 6, Dong-Hyun 6, Takahashi 6.
Melbourne: Coe 7, Ferreira 7, Leijer 7, Ansell 7, Traore 7, Milligan 8, Celeski 6, Finkler 8, Flores 7, Thompson 7, Rojas 7, Broxham 7, Nabbout 6, Bru 6.
Up next:Brisbane returns home to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night to take on Perth Glory in a Grand Final re-match, and they’ll need the 3 points if they’re going to make a run at the finals.