Melbourne Victory’s star studded line-up has eked out results this campaign, but for the first five rounds, it hasn’t quite clicked into gear.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Vedran Janjetovic – 7
Couldn’t do much to prevent any of the goals, and made good stops from Toivonen (twice) and Honda. Even Antonis’ strike – directly down the middle – was hit with such ferocity, it’s difficult to criticise him.
Josh Risdon – 7
Always showed positive intent with the ball. Overloads down his flank gave him some trouble – but that was a failing of the team and the tactics.
Tarek Elrich – 3
Brutally exposed by Victory’s fluid attacking play. Markus Babbel has gotten away with Elrich as a makeshift centre back this season, but tonight’s display shows this is no permanent solution.
A train wreck of a performance, summarised by his attempt to head a ball less than two feet off the ground, which led him clattering into Kosta Barbarouses to concede a penalty.
Brendan Hamill – 4
Woeful defending for the second goal. Looked off the pace and helpless against Barbarouses’ running and the Victory’s short, sharp passing.
Raul Llorente - 5
Looked ropey defensively, particularly in the first half, where he was often beaten one on one or caught out of position. Improved in the second and sent in several teasing crosses.
Jordan O’Doherty - 4
Gave the ball away far too often and far too cheaply. Was defensively at sea – although he was often outnumbered. Deservedly substituted at halftime, and the team improved in his absence.
Keanu Baccus - 5.5
Outclassed and failed to protect his back four. Won few challenges and missed some interceptions he should have made. His passing accuracy was high, as per usual, but often distributed backwards and sideways. To his credit, he improved markedly in the second half.
Bruce Kamau – 6.5
Patchy and inconsistent performance, but provided some positive moments. A creative outlet for the Wanderers in an improved second half. Put Riera through for what should have been the consolation goal.