10 man Brisbane come up shortPosted: January 12, 2014
Brisbane Roar (1) Berisha 80’
Adelaide United (2) Jeronimo 21’, Elsey 91’
17,593 @ Lang Park, Brisbane
Theo, Ferreira, Smith, North, Stefanutto, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Henrique, Broich.
Substitutions: Berisha for Henrique (56’), Hingert for Stefanutto (76’)
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Theodore, Borrello.
Yellow Cards: Theo, Miller, Ferreira, North.
Red Cards: Ferreira.
Galekovic, Bowles, Boogaard, McKain, Elrich, Watson, Lustica, Isaias, Mabil, Zullo, Jeronimo.
Substitutions: Griffiths for Jeronimo (64’), Costa for Watson (74’), Elsey for Mabil (76’).
Yellow Cards: Boogaard, Watson, Elsey.
Red Cards: Nil.
From a selection stand-point, Brisbane were dealt a blow before kickoff when Ivan Franjic was ruled out with a stomach issue. That saw Stefanutto return to the side in the only change from last week, with Ferreira shifting over to the right. Adelaide meanwhile opted to switch Tarek Elrich over to the left hand side of defence, resulting in former Brisbane players Daniel Bowles replacing him at right back, and Michael Zullo filling in further forward on the left hand side.
Adelaide were in control for the majority of the game, even before the red card with their high pressing game causing problems in Brisbane’s attempts to play out from the back. They congested the space really well yesterday making it difficult to play into midfield. Going forward all of their chances were created on the back of winning the ball back high up the pitch.
Brisbane for their part played ok in patches, but in the first half they lacked that real cutting edge in the front third to get the clear chances they’ve been creating in recent weeks. The second half they were impressive, however they just couldn’t create the chances due to the lack of numbers. It was always going to be the case that they’d only get one or two chances at best, and luckily Berisha popped up with his normal ruthlessness. They lacked width at times in the second half, but that’s just the nature of the beast when you’re a man down- you’ll always be lacking in something.
The set-up in the second half was rather interesting, with Petratos and Stefanutto trying to fill the duel roles of full-back and winger which is always a difficult task. They try and play a lot more centrally however, with Broich and Berisha floating around in the front third trying to get into dangerous positions.
Onto the two decisions that defined the game, and despite the overwhelming reaction at the time that it was a blatant case of simulation by Jeronimo, and I should admit that was my thought at the time a swell. However having seen the replay, im not convinced he got any of the ball and in that case it probably was a penalty. As for Ferreira, the first yellow was a cynical one, and while the second was perhaps marginal, it’s the sort of challenge you’d be best advised not to make.
Up next: Brisbane are back on the road next Friday night as they head west to take on Perth Glory. A tricky trip will be made even more difficult with the injuries to Franjic, Donachie and Broich, along with the suspension of Diogo Ferreira.