Brisbane end 2014 with Sydney draw

Brisbane Roar (0)
Sydney FC (0)
15, 765 at Lang Park, Brisbane

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Brisbane:
Young, Bowles, North, Donachie, Brown, Sarota, Brattan, Lustica, Petratos, Henrique, Solórzano. Substitutions: Borrello for Brattan (74’), Stefanutto for Sarota (89’)
Unused Substitutes:
Acton, Clut, Danning.
Yellow Cards:
Brown.
Red Cards:
Nil


Sydney:
Janjetovic, Calver, Ryall, Petkovic, Gersbach, Grant, Triantis, Dimitrijevic, Ibini, Brosque, Smeltz.
Substitutions: Janko for Smeltz  (61’), Naumoff for Grant (61’), Gligor for Triantis (81’).
Unused Substitutes: Necevski, Timotheou
Yellow Cards: Grant, Triantis.
Red Cards: Nil

Brisbane have ended 2014 with a frustrating 0-0 draw last night against Sydney FC in Brisbane last night. The result sees Brisbane’s unbeaten run extend to three, and also makes it one loss in six games under Thijssen, but it also means that Brisbane haven’t won a home game so far this season. The conditions made things very difficult last night obviously, with high humidity, and you could see the players tiring, and due to that there want many highlights in the game. The pitch was also in poor condition it has to be said

The best chance of the game fell to Sydney’s Chris Naumoff, who had a free header at the back post after a flick on from Bernie Ibini, but the young substitute could only head wide of the target. Ibini also had a good chance midway through the first half when the ball fell perfectly for him, but his shot went just wide. Brisbane’s best chance fell to Dimitri Petratos, however he was denied well by Janjetovic right on half time.

Brisbane’s play in the first half was probably the worst they’ve had this season, they were too direct, with few passes on the ground and a lot of turnovers- particularly from the right hand side. Thijssen admitted he was angry at half time based on the first half performance, and rightly so. Sydney for their part were ok, but not great. They used a similar tactic as last time by pressing high on Brisbane in the corners looking for the turnover, and forced Brisbane into going long from goal kicks. Neither side could claim the advantage however.

The second half was more stretched, with both teams creating more openings without really threatening or creating that clear cut chance. Brisbane’s possession and ball movement was better, with more passes to feet and they went a bit more central rather than out on the wings. Both sides will probably feel they should of done better with a couple of their chances, and that they could of left with all three points, but in truth a point each is a fair outcome in a game which was rather uninspiring.

One thing I found puzzling and disappointing was the substitutions made from Thijssen last night, or lack of. The first substitution made was one which made some sense, with the clearly underdone Luke Brattan making way for Borrello, resulting in Petratos shifting back into the midfield. The second however made no sense whatsoever, and for mine went against the philosophy- bringing Stefanutto on in injury time at home in place of a hobbled Adam Sarota made little sense- especially with an in form midfielder on the bench waiting for his chance. What I took from that is that in Thijssen’s view he only has 13 or 14 players he currently trusts enough to play in the first team.

Match Stats:

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Up next:
Brisbane have one game left before the Asian Cup break, a trip to Wellington on Sunday to take on an inform Wellington Phoenix side. For now though, Happy New Year to everyone out there.

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