Team of the Week | Round 9
It's Team of the Week time and this week the team is dominated by the men from the Mariners.
Nathan Coe (Victory) Australia-s goalkeeping stocks just continue to deepen. Coe, who has received training camp invitations in the past is starting to show Australian fans just why he received them. Not too many Aussies would have seen his form for SonderjyskE in the Danish league, but his assured confidence has made a world of difference to the Victory, another astute buy from Ange Postecoflou.
Ben Sigmund (Wellington) ‘Siggy- is never shy in coming forward, be it off the pitch or on it. He constantly winds up his opponents and plays a tough game, sometimes to his detriment and though his challenge of Joey Gibbs could have given away a spot kick, he looked to be at his best for the Nix on the weekend.
Bas van den Brink (Perth) The big Dutchman was a rock at the back for Glory, even without usual partner Michael Thwaite. There was nothing he could do about Rojas's match winner but that didn't stop him making plenty of important stops to keep his side in the game.
Zac Anderson (Central Coast) Big Zac has really grabbed his chance with both hands at the mariners and in just one week has managed to keep Patrick Zwaanswijk on the bench, which is no mean feat. His two displays this season have been more than solid and he continues to be a real player of the future.
Josh Rose (Central Coast) It-s not too often Rose manages to find the net, but his strike from the edge of the area for the Mariners was an absolute corker. He also performed admirable in defence and was perhaps happier in the knowledge there was no Marco Rojas to mark this week.
Marcos Rojas (Victory) The diminutive Kiwi is fast becoming the star of the season, and he put in another stellar performance against Perth. His pace and direct running were a constant menace, and his excellently taken goal proved just how high his confidence is under Ange.
Gui Finkler (Victory) The Brazilian is blossoming, and quickly becoming the conductor of all Victory's attacks. His use of the ball from the turnover and vision to bring his teammates into the game is unlocking opposition defences and making Victory look entertainingly slick. Postecoglou's nose for a quality import strikes again.
Nick Montgomery (Central Coast) The 31-year-old British import stepped up when the Mariners needed him and didn-t fail to deliver. With just 14 minutes to go the midfielder did what McGlinchey failed to do only moments before him, find the back of the net and tip the scales in favour of the home team.
Paul Ifill (Wellington) Like a fine wine, Ifill seems to get better with age. He may have started the season slowly after coming off an injury, but he was in delicious form at the Cake-tin against the Wanderers and even stood up Shinji Ono on more than a few occasions.
Besart Berisha (Brisbane) Love him or hate him, the Albanian never fails to disappoint and round nine saw Berisha sink an easy penalty following a trip up by Newcastle-s Josh Mitchell.
Bruce Djite (Adelaide) In truth Djite has done little wrong since midway through Adelaide-s ACL campaign and has been unlucky to be riding the pine for the Reds, in this match he was his typical bustling self and proved he can still find the net with a well-taken finish.