Stats Shot | Round 10

Round 10 taught us to tackle, tackle and tackle some more and that a little bit of physical aggression can go a long way to turning a game.

Round 10 taught us to tackle, tackle and tackle some more and that a little bit of physical aggression can go a long way to turning a game.

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory Well, didn-t the Reds stand up! They were simply too good for the much-hyped Victory side and dominated almost every key stat.

Possession: Reds 53% / Victory 47% Crosses: Reds 19 / Victory 9 Total shots: Reds 12 / Victory 8; on target: 6/ 4 Tackles: Reds 44 / Victory 21; effectiveness: 83% / 64%

However what really stands out is Adelaide-s willingness to go in for a challenge, they doubled the Victory-s tackle number and came away with the ball most of the time, in what is traditionally a hallmark of a John Kosmina side.

Ordinarily that would have been key, but the 19 crosses they made to Victory-s nine, also suggests that Fabio Ferreira and Even Kostopoulos had a picnic out wide.

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners What-s that? The Mariners are still top of the league, well it-s no shock, Graham Arnold-s men are consummate professionals.

Possession: Jets 48% / Mariners 52% Total shots: Jets 8 / Mariners 12; on target: 1/ 3 Crosses: Jets 13 / Mariners 18 Corners: Jets 2/ Mariners 7

More than that, they are well organised and their defensive structures continue to hold up, even without Mat Ryan in the cage.

Truth is they didn-t allow Newcastle to get the ball into dangerous areas, as evidenced by the number of corners the Jets managed to win and shut down the attacking juggernaut that is Emile Heskey.

Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC Stop the presses, Sydney won and did so in Wellington, it-s quite the way to come out of a form slump and they did it by remaining committed for 90 minutes.

Possession: Phoenix 53% / Sydney FC 47% Fouls conceded: Phoenix 17 / Sydney 23; yellow cards: 2/ 4 red cards: 0/1 Completed passes: Phoenix 286 / Sydney 296; accuracy: 72% / 70%

While committing fouls is no way to win a football match it does show that Sydney at least committed to the physical style Frank Farina is trying to get them to undertake.

Sure, Terry McFlynn got sent off, but perhaps the skipper was trying to lead by example by playing in a ‘hard- fashion and getting his teammates to follow.

Wanderers FC v Brisbane Roar DE-FENCE, DE-FENCE… that-s what the Wanderers are built upon and again they delivered a clean sheet against the Roar.

Possession: Wanderers 47% / Roar 53% Tackles: Wanderers 34 / Roar 21; effective: 100% / 71% Total shots: Wanderers 12 / Roar 17; on target: 3/ 7 Keeper Saves: Wanderers 7 / Roar 2 Crosses: Wanderers 12 / Roar 7

That was in no small part due to their 100 per cent record of winning the ball when they made a challenge and given they made 34 of them, that is a huge effort from Tony Popovic-s men.

At the same time Ante Covic again showed why he is one of the best keepers in the league saving all the shots the Roar had at him, while Michael Theo was left guessing when Shinji Ono took a penalty.

Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory The statistics for this match showed no key points of contention between the two sides.