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Snapshot of A-League round 11

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016 Ben McKay

A snapshot of round 11 in the A-League.

THEY SAID IT - "I smashed chairs. The bin. The rubbish bin. Maybe some doors. I really smashed everything to relax a little bit. I wanted it too much. I wanted to score too early. I had to smash some stuff inside and then I was fine. It was relieving," Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha revealed how he changed his outlook in the half-time break of the Melbourne derby before scoring the winner.

STAT THAT MATTERS - As they showed with a 4-1 smashing of Perth Glory, there's just no stopping Sydney FC. They boast a winning record (8 wins, three draws) that no A-League team has ever matched at this stage of the season. In fact, only two teams in Australian football history - Marconi in 1978 and Adelaide City in 1994/95 - have matched that record. Worth noting though that neither of those sides won their leagues.

MAN OF THE ROUND - Let's celebrate Berisha when he beats - not ties - Archie Thompson's all-time goalscoring record and instead praise Brandon Santalab. The Wanderers' striker's piece of invention to open the scoring against Wellington was remarkable and if it wasn't for a certain Tim Cahill special earlier this season, would contend for goal of the year. Shame the Wanderers would blow their 2-0 lead for a 2-2 draw in Auckland.

SAFEST HANDS - Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was best afield in the Sky Blues 4-1 win on Saturday night. The best of his efforts was a one-handed save to deny Rostyn Griffiths in the second half when the match was in the balance.

CONTROVERSY CORNER - No one at Melbourne City had any complaints with Besart Berisha's marginal winner, so it's Morten Nordstrand's last-gasp goal in focus. The Jets were 2-1 winners thanks to the late strike, which the Dane said he thought he'd be flagged for. It was play on and therefore game on for Mark Jones' men, who have now won two on the trot.

UNDER PRESSURE - Two wins in the opening 11 rounds isn't good news for Wanderers boss Tony Popovic. And Kenny Lowe can't be happy with back-to-back home losses that has Perth's finals hopes on the rack. But Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor is again feeling the most strain of A-League coaches after a last-gasp defeat. They host league leaders Sydney next Saturday night.

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