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A snapshot of A-League round 10

NZN 11/12/2016 Vince Rugari

THEY SAID IT: "This is part of football and there is no reason it has to be done differently because we are here in Australia. You can't change the game that's being played all over the world. If you go to the World Cup, if you look in Spain, Italy and South America, that's part of the game." - Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip wades back into the A-League diving debate, essentially claiming there's no point trying to stop it at home because it happens everywhere else.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Newcastle's 2-1 win over Perth Glory broke all sorts of records. It was their first victory at nib Stadium in 11 years, their first against Perth in 14 attempts, their first against anyone in seven, and ended a 10-match unbeaten run at home for the Glory. More of that from the Jets would put some pang into their stuttering season.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Write off Besart Berisha at your peril. You would have thought the Melbourne Victory striker's critics might have cottoned on to that by now, but Berisha proved why he is one of the competition's greatest imports with a perfect hat-trick against Western Sydney Wanderers in a sensational return to form. Just when you think he's maybe lost his touch, he's back to remind you just how good he is.

SAFEST HANDS: Lawrence Thomas has spent most of his career to date riding the pine but is fast emerging as one of the A-League's finest glovemen. The Wanderers had 18 shots on goal against Melbourne Victory but couldn't find a way past the 24-year-old, who made five saves and was a strong presence in the goalmouth all night.

CONTROVERSY CORNER: There were many worthy candidates from Friday night's cracker at ANZ Stadium but Bobo's studs-up hack on Ivan Franjic stands out. It was a blatant red card but referee Kris Griffiths-Jones saw fit to award only a yellow - then the Brazilian striker went on to convert a soft penalty to level the match. City has every right to be fuming.

UNDER PRESSURE: Their stunning off-season recruiting haul had them tagged as likely A-League title contenders. But Perth Glory are yet to find the consistency that's evaded them for years and on Saturday night, with a loss at home to the struggling Newcastle Jets for the first time in 11 years. Coach Kenny Lowe simply has to do better with the depth of talent he has at his disposal.

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