The Big Five Answers | Round 13

The Reds didn't bounce, Phoenix kept it up and the Jets just couldn't stop Marco Rojas. What a round of football.

Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar: Can the Reds bounce back? Where have the confident Adelaide United gone? Heads were down against a Brisbane Roar side who have been average all season long and it didn-t get better for them when, Henrique scored.

For all their attacking flair and panache, Adelaide really struggled to find a way through a Roar side who were determined not to concede a goal, with Bruce Djite looking the man most likely.

The question now becomes is it a flat spell for the Reds or have other teams finally figured out their plans in attack?

So while the Reds did not bounce back the Roar did, and did so in a big way. The likes of Mitch Nichols and Thomas Broich finally turned up and while the performance was not champagne football, they may have finally turned their own corner.

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Heart: Who can keep it going? Well, the Heart did show up in Wellington, but not for the first time this season, they only did so in the first 45 minutes.

Their second half record is abysmal and again it came back to bite them in the backside. The Phoenix, who went down by two goals inside the first 15 minutes didn-t take long to get back into the game thanks to Louis Fenton and then it was a case of just how long will it take?

As it turned out the Heart weathered the storm for a while until Michael Marrone gave away a penalty which Jeremy Brockie gleefully converted, and then the Nix went into overdrive, with Brockie striking again.

As for Wellington, Ricki Herbert-s men continued their resurgence of late and would have been happy with the come-from-behind victory, with all of their young guns performing particularly well. They are a side on the rise.

Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners: Who can pick the margin? Most likely not too many people would have got that one right and we reckon plenty of punters would have done their hard-earned taking the $1.70 about the Mariners.

But they weren-t the Mariners we were used to on this occasion. Maybe Graham Arnold is to blame for making the team late to the ground, maybe Tom Rogic shouldn-t have lost his head, maybe they should practice getting Mat Ryan in the right position when the ball goes to the back post?

Regardless, Sydney were the better side on the night and shocked everyone, not least the Mariners with their display. It was more polished, more physical and ultimately more successful as Alessandro Del Piero bossed the midfield and the backline actually held firm.

The result was a credit to what Frank Farina has done since his arrival in Sydney and also to the players for simply not giving up hope, when everyone was on their back.

Perth Glory v Wanderers FC: Who will win the battle of the No 10s? It-s hard to say maybe Miller, mostly because he caused Mooy some grief with a slightly nasty challenge, but in truth neither man was able to impact the game as he would have liked.

Both had plenty of it, it-s just neither provided the telling blow, with two players so often on the periphery providing the inspiration for either team. Both keepers were in their usual good form too, but they were beaten by blasts from Labinot Haliti and Nick Ward.

Danny Vukovic or anyone else for that matter couldn-t have done much about Haliti-s curled effort, but perhaps Ante Covic should have stopped Ward-s rocket, although he may have actually been unsighted,

Either way, neither team-s momentum was actually stopped in this one and both have edged slightly closer to the table-topping Mariners

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets: How does one stop Marco Rojas? You can-t, it seems. The Jets defence might have stood off him a little for his first goal but you still can-t account for that kind of individual talent. You can-t teach someone how to score goals like that, particularly that instinctive, swivelling second.

With Tom Rogic now ineligible for the Johnny Warren medal, Rojas is looking more and more like this season-s shining star, in a Victory team already bristling with attacking intent.

Before the start of the season, everyone thought Marcos Flores would be the man to inspire Victory but instead it-s the peewee Kiwi who is setting Ange Postecoglou-s side apart.

And with Victory breathing down Adelaide-s neck for second spot, the race is on to catch the Mariners at the top. It-s set to be a fascinating second half to the season and Rojas could yet define how it all plays out.