Hyundai A-League Team of the Week | round 14
After a period of overindulgence, The Scout undoes the top button and picks his side for bumper round of Summer Football.
GK: Mark Paston - There is a reason Ricki Herbert rates the big Kiwi so highly and it-s his ability to stop a canon of a shot. Paston may have been on the end of a 2-1 loss, but he made a large number of top quality saves. Two of them candidates for saves of the season. Mitch Nichols, Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich are likely all still in awe.
RB: Josh Risdon - Another classy performance from the Glory youngster, he kept Josh Rose and Mike McGlinchey on a short leash, until he moved back into the middle. The Mariners ability to play wide or narrow eventually won them the game but that didn-t take away from a genuine right back.
CB: Zac Anderson - The youngster again stood in for Patrick Zwaanswijk and again no one noticed. If Graham Arnold can keep hold of Anderson and Sainsbury for a while, he could have a central defensive partnership to go down in Hyundai A-League history.
CB: Nikolai Topor-Stanley - Is it possible that Topor, who has long so much and perhaps under-delivered is finally starting to show his true potential? Because all season long he has stood tall for the Wanderers. It could be he is learning a lot from Tony Popovic, because right now he is just about the best defender in the league.
LB: Shannon Cole - How does one stop Marco Rojas and Archie Thompson? You bring in Shannon Cole, that-s how! Not only was Cole about as annoying a fly buzzing around your head, he was a threat in attack. His performance was immense.
RM: Ben Halloran - It still wasn-t his best football and it-s painfully obvious he is still struggling to fit within the Roar-s structured system but Halloran-s pace was on display for all to see and he troubled the Phoenix defenders. His strike to seal the match was well-taken and left Paston no chance in the Phoenix goal. In short, classy.
DM: Ruben Zadkovic - Captaincy agrees with someone, because Zadkovic has grown in stature and maturity since being handed the armband at the Jets. Gary van Egmond-s men may not have got the chocolates but it wasn-t through a lack of effort and Zadkovich gave the most. He looked out on his feet at times but kept going at the Heart in a true captain-s performance.
AM: Shinji Ono - He might be the marquee of the year and even if he isn-t he might have wrapped up Goal of the Year. Juggle, juggle, juggle boom. We reckon Adrian Leijer is going to have nightmares full of Tensai all week long.
LM: Thomas Broich - He-s appeared downright disinterested at times this season; not against the Phoenix though. The German bossed the midfield, took on defenders and delivered two goals assists in a blistering performance. One might ask why has Broich taken so long to hit form?
ST: Bruce Djite - The Reds striker worked his socks off all night, with no small degree of skill and hunger but did everything but score. Such performances don-t come regularly enough for Djite but if he can replicate that level on a more regular basis, he could form a very dangerous combination with his strike partner...
ST: Dario Vidosic - A constant thorn in Sydney-s side, full of vision and confidence. Vidosic should have had a hat-trick, at least, and looks to back to his very best form that led to his initial overseas move. Jeronimo and Ferreira have both stood out for Adelaide this season, but Vidosic has perhaps been John Kosmina-s most consistent threat and when he-s on song, Adelaide are a very tough side to beat.