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Everything posted by mattyh001

  1. thought it was for a ball just over the goal line, but yeah ffs then of course the near miss with the VAR on the Geelong pen. was shitting bricks for a hot minute
  2. i've said this before, plenty of banana peels out there. Brisbane proved that tonight. in so many ways its great we are the ones with the points tucked away.
  3. i think you are completely right TBH regarding the derby. the team lower on the table has always risen for the game as a way of proving itself. as poor as we were (particularly in the first half), you could say the same as them (again, particularly in the first half). we won two games by 13-0 and should have won the third last season. they have had something to prove. second goal was absolutely Glover's fault; should have caught and left himself at the mercy of the Gods by coming so far off his line only to punch. blaming him for the first is way too harsh. Jamo gave him a hospital pass - he was fucked either way given the quality of their forward line. Come off your line and risk a pen, stay on your line you give them control with yourself stranded / teammates flat footed thanks to Jamos fuck up. in other words, we play them twice without winning and PK fails to learn anything / deviate from plan. surprise fucking surprise. it's great when the plan is working. the problem in football (as in life) is that you can't still long term / afford to develop a comfort zone. other teams change their style and you have to know when and where to adjust
  4. sadly the two teams from Geelong don't play each other again during the regular season. we are certainly vulnerable im the race to the plate, but then again so is everyone else. WU have been very poor recently, and I can't see them winning all of their last 5. the other mob have three possible banana skins in the smurfs, Macarthur and the Nix (and the Nix is the only home game there). the other thing that plays into our hands IMO is the form line of many aleague teams has been very up and down. we give the smurfs a canning only to lose last night (and to be frank, our first 45 was by far worst 45 all season). the smurfs beat the Mariners 5-0 last night after the midweek game against us. you could go on and on about the last two months alone. the fact we only have two regular season games left could be a blessing.
  5. our pressure is great, just our final third play is too slow or let down by too many poor first touches
  6. can certainly see what you are saying, and frankly the team who goes first passed the post in the league should be champs i think you are right that maybe the FFA Cup / Australia Cup could always be discussed as the natural end to the season. you could have the final finish off the season, with the semis and quarters nicely wedged in there so people align the "finals" like feel of the Cup with the league. of course as per my point about the Aussie market (paragraph below), would that take the Aussie media away from the aleague (more than the Aussie media already shits on the aleague) the big question for is what market(s) are we trying to sell our game / product to? us die hard football fans might hate what the finals series represents, but if that's how we get the broader Aussie audience then we have to give the finals some credence. the champions league, the world cup, etc., all end their comps as knockouts. add to the champions league that most National FA's have a Cup that bookends the end of a domestic (and by consequence Continental) season. having a season ending final (or final series) is not that far removed IMO from the rest of the world. crucify if you must too, in a non covid impact world / season / environment the finals series is a money spinner. and don't get me wrong i hate that we get slugged bullshit prices during finals despite the fact we buy memberships that help week in week out regardless if our club plays like shite or wins the league. perhaps i'm just trying to see both the pros and cons of ditching finals edit: for the record, i'm a massive fan of the aleague growing to either 14 team comp (that naturally fits a 26 league season) or to 16 teams (with 30 games) followed up with a second division with 10-12 teams. would easily enable a stronger national reserves / under 20s comp as it could run longer and be separated nicely from a logistics / costs point of view (north south, etc). at that point a cup system could out way the need for finals (particularly as we would have relegation / promotion playoffs too). not sure how easily funded that would be in the current economic conditions given covid.
  7. thought it was staged at first but then heard the afters. certainly popcorn worthy
  8. TTDIM: the bitch slap from Will Smith on Chris Rock.
  9. Stoked with the result. I wonder with Colakovski if his performance last night reflects a lack of game time (and a result, low confidence)? He looked off.
  10. option 3 was my understanding but could be wrong. also doesnt help having two finals bound teams in the ACL group stage. completely understand and agree but no easy fix - people will be unhappy one way or the other (if only we had player x playing but for the number max, etc). FFA have to make a decision one way or another.
  11. the guy sold us out for the cash, they finally figured out he's shite, who'd of thought ....
  12. Richard Garcia has been sacked by the Glory. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke ......
  13. went option B for something a bit different. option C should always be our second kit
  14. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, didn't. Spewing since (a) we made no changes, (b) had the better of it, and (c.) looked cooked in a few spots. Imagine Nabbout coming off the bench with semi fresh legs. Edit - not meaning to lay blame on Nabbout. More poor game management from PK
  15. Nabbout looks cooked. Can't understand why PK doesn't give him some time off the bench against tired legs. and for the love of God can we learn how to win aerial duels FFS. Open play or set pieces, we are so shite. Good goal from Metcalfe.
  16. am i missing something, can't Victory just fly out either late Saturday night or Sunday morning?
  17. geez, talk about a game of inches and taking your chances. Perth could and should have up. we go down the other end and Florin finishes a nicely built up go.
  18. bad call or not, the referee has the right to defend his call unless the VAR is crystal. in this spot, there is some evidence (even if very tiny) that there was secondary contact in the box. if the ref believes that was key to the foul, then the ref is entitled to call a pen (even if it looked bullshit to most others). in a way, Evans should be applauded for backing his call since the use of VAR can be tedious and the freeze frame nature for so many unclear spots is really taking away from the game. IMO the Mariners can feel a little hard done by. this really was a double whammy. as others have said though, this is what happens when you play act and every team has had good days and bad days with the VAR.
  19. We host Japan next. Our last is away to Saudi Arabia. They host Vietnam
  20. Pretty much cooked. Need to win both games otherwise. Here come playoffs
  21. Our visa Italian attacker comes on with only 5 min to play and down by one. Wtf?
  22. Hahaha fucking Tommy Glover on the pen Edit: Don't think Glover could do much there. Defence needs to clear
  23. so we have: BG Pathum Utd (Thailand) Jeonnam Dragons (Korea's K2 - second div) United City FC (from the Philippines) no Japanese or Chinese teams, and a div 2 team from Korea. could we get any better a draw? still to perform though.
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