Boring opening minute 

One minute in and not even a goal to show for it? C’mon A-League. This round was notable for being the first since the 1988 NSL season to feature a goal in the opening minute of the first two matches.

We could have made history in this one, had it not been for some boring focus, resilience and organisation from both sides. To make matters worse, with the 5000th A-League goal on the line, both sides stopped attacking!

City’s inconsistency 

You could almost forgive Warren Joyce for his tactical approach, given the occasional masterclass against the likes of Sydney FC, if it weren’t for the continual failures against lesser opposition.

The inconsistencies are rampant up and down the pitch: one minute they’re bossing possession against Melbourne Victory, the next they’re dominated in the middle by a sparse Wanderers midfield. For every table-topping throwdown, there’s a humiliating loss to the Central Coast Mariners. Great for the league, poor for the league’s supposed richest club.