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A-League round eight snapshot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

A snapshot of round eight in the A-League.

THEY SAID IT: "I was really happy with that save (on Brett Holman) and probably was flying a little bit too high on emotion, so maybe it was a ball I shouldn't have gone for." - Wanderers goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson on the collision that gave Brisbane an early penalty in their 1-1 draw on Friday.

STAT THAT MATTERS: It's taken 36 matches but Central Coast have finally kept a clean sheet. Paul Izzo was the 'keeper to thank as his team moved into the top six with a 2-0 win over Perth on Thursday.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Marco Rojas. The Kiwi winger fired Melbourne Victory into second spot on the ladder with two goals in the space of three minutes in his team's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

SAFEST HANDS: For the second week in a row, Brisbane gloveman Michael Theo produced the most saves of the weekend. This time Theo kept 10 of Western Sydney's 11 shots on target out of his own net, helping the Roar salvage a 1-1 draw on Friday.

CONTROVERSY CORNER: Days after Jamie Maclaren's manager described the club's latest offer as "disgusting" and "highly disrespectful", Brisbane coach John Aloisi has urged his star striker to remain in the A-League for at least one more season before looking to chase big money overseas. Watch this space.

UNDER PRESSURE: It is almost a year to the day when Adelaide began their unbelievable climb from cellar-dwellars to champions. And just like last year, the winless Reds are rooted in last spot despite picking up a point in a scoreless draw with Sydney FC on Saturday. The time is now.

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