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  1. Interesting how people see the game differently. Our entire game is based on moving the ball and therefore moving the opposition until we have an overload and ultimately it being at the back post 5 yards out. Does it always work? No, but we still had 5 or 6 big chances. Adelaide IMO created almost none, first goal was a terrible error by Tilio losing his feet and the ball in the first minute, he never recovered for the rest of his match. Bos played an atrocious waste high ball across the box that at no level is acceptable, and to his credit he got over it and saved the game. The other goal came from a set piece that we should really do better. Other than that what did they offer. We played them off the park. Should we be more direct, probably not, we try and play through teams and IMO successfully. I genuinely feel last 3 draws are anomalies and the next 3 games will prove so.
    9 points
  2. IMO, to get the best out of Berisha we need an out and out number 9 who will look to collect the ball and lay it off. The issue becomes how do you determine where the point is that you sacrifice one of your best players (JMac) for the overall good of the team. Its hard to ascertain how much the team would improve by replacing Jmac with a forward more suited to our desired style. Not to mention it would be very,very hard to justify to fans media etc.
    7 points
  3. When you become the hunted, opposition teams will put in more effort trying to work you out. To Adelaide's credit yesterday, i thought they setup well to defend that wide, triangle passing we do to try and work into the box. They generally had an extra man going out wide to stop our overlap, which then slowed us up and forced us backwards. We're so good though that we still managed to get through that, especially towards the end there when Bos moved onto the wing to expose a visibly emotionally shaken Lopez. Our challenge is to change up ourselves. There were times yesterday the centre channels opened up, so we could have utilised that area more effectively. Overall though, despite Adelaide setting up well, we still should have won purely on the chances created. Adelaide had what, 1 chance?.. and still managed to score 3!
    7 points
  4. I think he was fairly high on the candidates likely to move list, and probably the most likely of our players to move. Young, a decent prospect, not getting a game and would get game time at a number of other clubs. I'm not too troubled, he's one who almost but never quite made it, and with the quality of the stocks in our midfield now, was going to struggle to get beyond warming the bench. Good lad, I wish him well elsewhere.
    6 points
  5. I personally think it's a bit of an overreaction to suggest Berisha has not given us that return. I reckon his workrate and smarts have made him an important member of a midfield that is really balanced and humming atm. Perhaps he's guilty of trying too hard at times, but his passion can't be argued. I reckon he's doing exactly what the coaches have asked from him.
    6 points
  6. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. so i would say yes.
    5 points
  7. I am of the view that this is financial suicide. The A-League is not sustainable as it stands, so why it is thought that a second national competition can be sustainable is beyond me. I also think that the relegation of any of the present A-League clubs, excepting our own, would ultimately see that club in serious financial difficulties to say the least.
    4 points
  8. We are absolutely bossing teams ... and the only strategy teams have against us at the moment is the old bus ... If Aiden O'Neil could shoot we'd have won the last 3, even with the errors against Adelaide. Set piece defending needs to be better, but Goodwin has a wicked kick on him, and that's hard for any team to defend ... This flat spot of draws will turn around soon and I am hoping for some big number wins in the coming weeks. Thinking back to the Heart days when we hoped for a result, its awesome to support a team that is the benchmark
    4 points
  9. 3 points
  10. He was the OG Lachie Wales. Hard worker, always in the right spots, but couldnt finish his breakfast.
    3 points
  11. We need a ball playing center forward.
    3 points
  12. Have you forgotten what happened? I haven’t and neither have the group I’m going with. We support the team from a distance, I’ve lost support for the club as an organisation.
    2 points
  13. IMO Nuno has been awesome at RB. Not quite as attacking as Talbot, but has virtually won everything, kept Arzani quiet and has been somewhat of an outlet
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. Another draw, but a decent voting turnout still. Leckie far and away the highest vote getter with 20, only one vote neglected to give him any votes and every other voter deemed him worthy of 2. The rest of votes were distributed to a smattering of players, basically the entire defensive outfield unit got some form of recognition. Talbot managed to come just ahead of the pack with 4 votes, beating out Bos with 3, Good with 2 and a group consisting of Reis, O'Neill, Van Der Venne and Berisha all on 1. This is O'Neill's 6th consecutive game earning some recognition, which is a team best thus far. Adelaide game. 2 votes to Mathew Leckie, 1 vote to Callum Talbot. Leaderboard after 14.23 games Leckie stops Glover from breaking away too far, remaining within touching distance, while Talbot earns his first vote of the season. 9. Tom Glover 8. Mathew Leckie 5.5 Marco Tilio 4. Richard Van Der Venne 3. Jordan Bos 2.5 Jamie Maclaren 2. Valon Berisha 1.5 Thomas Lam 1. Curtis Good 1. Aiden O'Neill 1. Callum Talbot 0.5 Nuno Reis
    2 points
  16. It's precisely the sort of scenario that leads some of us to say that players such as Rafa (who has already scored for City) should get more minutes to better prepare him to step up when needed. For me he's the pretty obvious striker replacement. But you can't give him minutes when we're struggling to win matches. If we're 3-0 up and cruising with 20 to go then that's the sort of situation where I'd like to see him given his chance. Leckie's OK, but Nabbout can't hit a barn door at the moment.
    2 points
  17. Adrian Luna was a key cog in our team. He had the ability to make perfectly weighted balls in between the lines and he worked tirelessly. I thi k alot of us thought that Berisha would be a like for like replacement (possibly even a step up), and to a large extent ge is, but he seems to lack that consistent killer ball that Luna was capable of.
    2 points
  18. I suspect the break glass option if O'Neill goes down is that Lam moves up and Nuno slots back in at CB
    2 points
  19. Greg O’Rourke will be replaced by an ex CFG employee.
    2 points
  20. 100% this. We are merely entrrtaining ideas. His pressing isn't the great tbh as he is very easy to evade when pressing (unless of course you are La Croix 🤣). His goal scoring record is the key factor, but he is definitely a "second striker" type of player who would largely benefit from playing alongside a true number 9, but we are very unlikely to deviate from the CFG blueprint of 4231, hence the discussion of whether bringing in a lesser player that is more suited to our formation and style of play would bear more fruits overall, due to having a forward who would help us to break down teams who just sit in the box and concede to us 70% possession. Given our greater committment to attacking play under Vidosic, we are naturally more exposed at the back (something I am comofrtable with). Therefore, we need to ensure that we are capable of breaking down teams as it looks like from now on teams are going to just sit deep and hit us on the counter.
    2 points
  21. This is crazy talk. To suggest we "sacrifice" JMAC is complete nonsense. Based on what and replace him with who? The bloke is on target to break records.
    2 points
  22. Yes, that's why it was a frustrating game: firstly, falling behind with 3 mistakes; secondly, we had more than enough chances to win the game. Our shot conversion rate has been poor the last two seasons
    2 points
  23. Agree. Not to mention both Maclaren and VDV missing sitters in the box v Adelaide which they normally would have taken and Good's header and Nabbout's shot being very close. They were really gifted two goals from basic errors that normally would'nt occur. As Rado said in his comments mistakes happen. As long as you learn from them and don't repeat
    2 points
  24. Signed a contract extension with them few weeks ago
    2 points
  25. Yep very frustrating what does my head in is when we break get to the box and stop....3 passes later its good and lam passing it around between them allowing the other team to get everyone behind funny how leckie shoots and gets a goal keeper mistake but still can cause chaos
    2 points
  26. No not at all, that’s his style of play. Rather than having a book full of tricks, he looks for the defenders and tries to roll himself pass them. Yes Bos had something similar against Adelaide last season but you might be thinking of Jenkinson last season at home - for some reason we have these big errors always against Adelaide. Leckies goal was also a goalkeeper error, that ball should have never gone in.
    2 points
  27. Very disappointing result, but as @belaguttman says, at least these days we seem to be able to rescue a match by coming from two goals down. That's one positive that I could find, the other being that we're still five points clear at the top of the table with the Derby replay in hand. We are becoming painfully predictable in team selection and pattern of play. It's agonising to watch this tippy-tappy crap where we knock the ball around sideways and backwards before losing it. Contrast Adelaide who took 2-3 passes to move from one end of the field to the other. There's a growing tendency for our players to dwell on the ball and telegraph their passes, and we are also woefully shot-shy. Rado needs to show some balls and be prepared to be innovative. No point in naming a squad with Rafa and Sulemani if ultimately they don't even get into the match-day squad let alone on the pitch. Why he thinks that Nabbout and Berenguer are impact subs is beyond me, because neither is. Attendance: 6,337
    2 points
  28. My first game this season and I had to watch that. To top it off the trains were stopped at Flinders street because, apparently, intruders had gone on to the the railway tracks.
    2 points
  29. Happened just in front of me. Looks proper fucked. First thing Nuno did was go to 4th official n demand they get an ambulance.
    2 points
  30. Lol, I was gonna wait till after game to quote my previous post about JMac being weak link. He plays as a second striker n positions himself (by peeling off n sitting behind the CB furthest from the ball) to pick off the scraps that present themselves in a two striker formation. But that doesn't happen as much when you play a front three and you need your CF presenting to receive the ball and attacking the ball when it comes into box. Generally no, but the coach generally is the one who has to take accountability, whether rightly or wrongky.
    2 points
  31. I hear Thomas Tuchel is in Melbourne..
    2 points
  32. With home matches it's either a feast or a famine. This is another one that IMO we need to win comfortably.
    1 point
  33. What is the alternative? Melbourne has a predominantly radial train and tram system. If you're suggesting that we could move to Dandenong or Casey Fields, then we might gain some support from that specific area, but IMO we would lose a fair amount of the rest of the support we have. It just becomes too much of a hassle to go to and from matches.
    1 point
  34. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023–24_AFC_Champions_League Football Australia has not yet decided whether the qualifying club will be the Premier for 2021-22 (us) or the Premier for 2022-23. The only sure way of us qualifying is for us to be Premier this current season. As we know, the capacity of Football Australia and APL to make sound decisions is highly questionable.
    1 point
  35. https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news/football-australia-opens-expressions-interest-national-second-tier-mens-competition Football Australia has formally commenced its process to create a National Second Tier Men’s competition currently earmarked to commence in March 2024. Football Australia has today invited all interested parties wishing to participate in the yet to be named, National Second Tier, to respond to an Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI process will provide Football Australia with relevant information to assess the level of interest, and to refine the strategy, vision, competition format, operation, and administration of the National Second Tier. The process is designed for Australian football clubs with a deep connection and demonstrated history in Australian football to participate in a tier of football that is anticipated to comprise of an individual league in a 'home and away’ structure with the proposed competition parameters as follows: A new national tier of football between the A-League Men competition and the National Premier Leagues, with the opportunity for promotion and relegation to be considered once mature A home and away league structure with finals, comprised of between 10 and 16 teams and featuring between 24 to 36 games Successful Respondents to the Application Process would be required to depart their existing football competitions for the National Second Tier National Second Tier Clubs will enter into a Club Participation Agreement setting out the terms of participation, including but not limited to the following requirements: professional playing contracts for all players, with salaries paid 52 weeks of the year; ‘off field’ operations run by employed staff throughout 12 months of the year; investment in and operation of a full talent development pathway within their club structure; and access to a suitable high-quality match day facility 12 months of the year. Should the level of interest not validate the required number of Clubs with the capability to formulate an independent tier of competition, the option remains for Football Australia to institute a phased ‘group based’ competition model that will utilise the National Premier Leagues competition to determine the make-up of this format of competition (the ‘Champions League’ model). The Invitation for EOI is the first phase of what is envisaged will be a multistage process, with this phase opening today and closing on 3 March 2023. At the conclusion of the EOI stage of the process, Football Australia intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to shortlisted parties inviting the submission of detailed proposals. Additional information through detailed Bid Documents will be provided to shortlisted parties during the RFP phase to assist with their formal detailed proposal. This information during the RFP phase may include, an information memorandum, NST related data, including financial forecasts and benchmarking, key terms of a Club Participation Agreement, and draft transaction documents. The following subsequent phases are envisaged: Phase 2 – Request for Proposal (April – June indicative), Phase 3 – Assessment and Recommendation (June – August indicative), Phase 4 – Completion (August – September indicative). Further information on these remaining phases will be outlined at a future date. There will be an interactive process to assist both shortlisted bidders and Football Australia to aid the development of high quality, well considered proposals and further refining the overall vision of the NST. This structured process will occur following the release of the RFP. More information and links to respond to the Expression of Interest invitation can be found at https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/nst-application-process. Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said many potential respondents had already expressed their interest through a consultation phase across Australia in 2022, and more could emerge during the process. “Developing a national second tier competition is a key component of our 15-year vision for the game and our efforts to reconnect and realign Australian football competitions. Australian football has gone on a journey of transformation over the last two years and this is the latest example of us bringing our vision for the game to life. “In 2022, we did extensive financial and competition modelling followed by a series of consultations with clubs and other stakeholders across the game. We know from this process that there is a lot of interest in a national second tier so we expect that we will receive a strong number of responses in this first EOI phase. “Some of these clubs have a rich history in Australian football and aspire to grow and compete at a national level. The national second tier will now provide a platform for these aspirational clubs and to be a part of a connected football pyramid in the long term. “With football booming in Asia, our national teams competing strongly on the world stage and as the largest team participation base in Australian sport, this is the right time to create a national second tier. “We look forward to the process we have now launched and working collaboratively with all stakeholders and interested parties in building a successful National Second Tier and kicking the league off as early as March 2024,” Johnson said.
    1 point
  36. Could be a prospect rather than a fully fledged player? We've been good at picking off good development prospects from other clubs with an eye for the future.
    1 point
  37. I really hope we can crack 8k and really get an atmosphere going.
    1 point
  38. I remember he burst onto the scene and was quite exciting (signed from Adelaide), then he seemed to regress or get found out, sort of frustrating player in the end.
    1 point
  39. O'Neill is out of contract at the end of this season, so there's not a lot we can do about that. Leckie has another season to go, but if he wants to go the club won't stand in his way. But he's already tried Europe and faded away there. If Troyes manage to stay up, then it would be a big step back from the A-League to Ligue 1. But you never can tell. We all know that the A-League is a feeder league, and a player is unlikely to stay if he gets an offer from Europe. If Troyes drop down to Ligue 2, then that's not all that good as far as I can tell, and I wouldn't think it's particularly attractive for guy Leckie's age.
    1 point
  40. Since we are on hypotheticals - what happens if JMac gets 5 yellows, a red or injury (two weeks)? Should Leckie or Nabbout play as a #9? I like Leckie playing more centrally without being a #9. Nabbout has lost some form. I wouldn't consider Tilio. Rafa?
    1 point
  41. We could have lined up a replacement that offers more to the team. He stepped in ably for O'Neill when he was injured, but the team performance suffered
    1 point
  42. We wont get better at A League level, maybe back in day Smeltz or the orher unlikeable Berisha or Bruno before his broken ankle. If he could be that player some are looking for he be 20+ million in a top 5 League. He will become the greatest scorer in A League history.
    1 point
  43. Agree with most of what has been said here. Barring the Brisbane game we have been the better team against wsw and Adelaide imo. Against wsw we just didn't convert our chances and Adelaide it was the same deal (combined with two of the worst defensive howlers I've seen for awhile). If you don't believe me go and have a look at the shots and we've comfortably won that stat both of those games As spoken about a lot already, we are getting a little bit predictable when moving up the pitch. To fix this I think it's time to start Frenchy over berisha. Frenchy will offer a little bit more imo as berisha has been underwhelming after a blistering start. Frenchy also has the touch and pace to recieve the ball in the middle of the field and be dangerous with it.
    1 point
  44. 29 Jan - Adelaide United 2 Leckie 1 Reis
    1 point
  45. 1 point
  46. We have been most vocal on the subject of Jordy Bos in other threads, especially when PK wouldn't start him. "Where is the Bos?" "When are you going to start the Bos?" "Why aren't you subbing the Bos on now?" And so on.
    1 point
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