Berisha beats Perth again

Brisbane Roar (1) Berisha 57′
Perth Glory (0)
12, 308 @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

442/Getty Images

442/Getty Images

Brisbane: Acton, Hingert, Donachie, Smith, Brown, Franjic, Brattan, McKay, Henrique, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutions: Yeboah for Berisha (71’), Petratos for Henrique (80’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Ferreira, Borrello.
Yellow Cards: McKay, Berisha, Brown.
Red Cards: Nil.

Perth: Vukovic, Pantelidis, Thwaite, Clisby, Nagai, R. Edwards, McGarry, C. Edwards, Sciola, Maclaren, Smeltz.
Substitutions: Harold for Smeltz (35’), Woodcock for Clisby (77’)
Unused Substitutes: Duncan, Davies, O’Neill.
Yellow Cards: R. Edwards, Clisby, Pantelidis.
Red Cards: Nil

Starting Line-ups.

Starting Line-ups.

The game started out with Perth manager Alistair Edwards springing something of a tactical surprise in switching from his customary 4-5-1 formation to a 3-5-2. The change gave them an extra spare man in the backline to take care of Berisha, and also accommodated the return of Smeltz alongside Maclaren upfront. All formations have their weaknesses however, and in this case the change forced Nagai and Sciola to track the runs of Brisbane’s wide men which resulted in them doing far more defensive work than usual. Typically Nagai and Sciola are the players who make runs in behind on the break when Perth try and go more direct, however given they were playing almost as wing-backs at times it diminished their effectiveness. Despite that it should be pointed out that the tactics stifled Brisbane for the most part, and it was interesting to see a side go with 3 at the back against Brisbane.

Brisbane played ok in the opening half however the majority of their good movements came down the right hand side with Hingert overlapping nicely beyond Henrique, however nothing really came of it. One thing they didn’t really do however was get Berisha involved in the attacks which could be explained in some ways due to him always being outnumbered.

When Brisbane finally broke the deadlock it came from a fantastic bit of play between Brisbane’s two key attacking weapons. Broich came inside off the left flank as he likes to do, however it should be pointed out the goal was largely made by the brilliance of Berisha. From then on the Roar began to look more comfortable and began to control more of the game with Corey Brown making a host of surging runs down the left.

Perth’s best chance came in first half stoppage time with Michael Thwaite having a header cleared off the line from Luke Brattan, however the lead-up to the corner was rather interesting with all the questionable refereeing decisions in the lead-up. In the second they had a couple of shots from the edge of the box, nothing that troubled Acton though.

Debutant Matt Acton did well for himself and got rid of any early nerves with coming out to claim a ball at the feet of Smeltz. From then on he didn’t play the ball short as often as Theo –which is understandable given it’s his first game and not wanting to make any mistakes- but he did play fell and made the saves he had to. In truth it was probably a good debut game for Acton given that he didn’t have a great deal to do. Other than that player wise for mine Brown grew into the game, however the fact he often takes until the second half to assert himself going forward is a bit of an issue, while Yeboah looked very polished when he came on. No goals, but arguably his best all-round performance.


(442/Fox Sports)

(442/Fox Sports)

Up next: Brisbane are in Adelaide next weekend for the Friday night game in the first game of their two match road trip. They’re also headed across the Tasman before their next home game against Newcastle on December 20.

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