Brisbane end big week with scrappy win over Phoenix

A-League Rd 21 - Brisbane v Wellington

 

 

Brisbane Roar: 2 (Lustica 33’, Berisha 49’)
Wellington Phoenix: 0
Crowd: 9,282 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Referee: Alan Millner

 

 

Brisbane XI: Theo, Hingert, North, Donachie, Stefanutto, Brattan Murdocca, Lustica, Halloran, Broich, Berisha.

Subs: Nijland for Murdocca 73’, Brown for North (78’), Yeboah for Berisha 90’

 

 

Wellington XI: Moss, Muscat, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead, Fenton, Lia, Cernak, Ifill, Boyd, Gameiro.

Subs: Sanchez for Cernak 27’, Huysegems for Ifill 63’

 

 

It wasn’t pretty, but Brisbane kept their hopes of scraping into the top 6 alive yesterday with an unconvincing 2-0 win against Wellington. Steven Lustica opened the scoring before Besart Berisha doubled the lead giving Brisbane a positive end to another tumultuous week. The game wasn’t much to write home about with both teams struggling to find form on a difficult field but a win is a win.

 

 

The first goal was another positive sign that Mulvey has began to fix the ill’s in the final third with Stefanutto continuing to get forward more often. The other big difference was that instead of players being static in the front third, with Lustica making a nice late run into the box unmarked to finish. It was sloppy defending from Wellington however.

 

 

The second goal was no better from Wellingtons’ perspective is even worse with a rather sloppy attempt to play the ball out from the back resulting in Brattan feeding through Berisha for the second goal. It was a nice pass from Brattan however and it’s always a good thing for your striker to be in goal scoring form.

 

 

In general however the game wasn’t much to write home about, with the pitch not exactly helping the situation. It’s gotten progressively worse however yesterday was low water mark for the quality of the surface- it was patchy, bumpy and still had markings from an Rugby game 8 days earlier.

 

 

On the more positive not it was nice to see Lustica get his 1st goal, he’s had a pretty good start in Roar colours and the goal should be a boost to his confidence. It was also good to see Corey Brown and Kwame Yeboah featured in the matchday squad, especially Yeboah who I was surprised to see yesterday. His appearance makes it 8 debutants for the season.

 

There isn’t really much to say about Wellington in truth, other than that it seemed like they weren’t at the races yesterday. They seemed desperately short of confidence and only had two real chances in the game, one of which was ruled out for a foul on Jade North which I actually missed. In the end however it wasn’t the strongest of opposition and it would be best to save judgement for when Brisbane begins playing the teams above them.

 

 

Stats:
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Player ratings:
Brisbane: Theo 6, Hingert 6, North 6, Donachie 6, Stefanutto 6, Brattan 7, Lustica 7, Murdocca 6, Halloran 6, Broich 6, Berisha 7, Nijland 6, Brown 6, Yeboah 6.

Wellington: Moss 6, Muscat 6, Durante 6, Sigmund 6, Lochhead 6, Ifill 6, Cernak 6, Lia 6, Fenton 6, Boyd 6, Gameiro 6, Sanchez 6, Huysegems 6.

 

 

Up next:Brisbane begins a two game road trip next weekend which will go a long way to deciding their destiny for the season with a trip to local rivals Newcastle Jets.

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