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A-League round six snapshot

AAP logoAAP 13/11/2016

THEY SAID IT

"It was a clear penalty. There will not be a clearer one this year in the A-League," from Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic. And from opposite number Kevin Muscat, who has just worn a $5000 fine for criticising referees, "I could be honest with you and the headlines tomorrow would be 'Muscat slams referee'." In their different styles, both coaches agreed that Jarred Gillett's decision to deny the Wanderers a penalty for Jason Geria's tackle on Jumpei Kusukami was wrong, and a game-changer.

STAT THAT MATTERS

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli became the quickest man to 30 A-League goals with another double in Thursday night's 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets and now has 31 goals in 25 appearances. In just 14 months in Australia, the Uruguayan striker has already smashed the record for most goals in a single campaign.

MEN OF THE ROUND

Wellington Phoenix duo Ernie Merrick and Roy Krishna deserve recognition for turning around Wellington's season. After four straight losses, the Nix have two on the bounce and are again looking dangerous. Krishna has scored in the Phoenix's last three matches and teed up Hamish Watson to seal a 2-0 win over Central Coast on Saturday. That was also Merrick's 100th win as an A-League coach.

SAFEST HANDS

Eugene Galekovic was a busy boy in the Reds' 1-1 draw with Brisbane on Friday night, making six saves and keeping his side in the contest as Adelaide gained just their second point of the season.

CONTROVERSY CORNER

Melbourne City already enjoyed a numerical advantage over Newcastle Jets on Thursday night when they unintentionally deepened their disadvantage. With Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard off with an ankle injury, a botched double substitution saw Tim Cahill stay on the field as his intended replacement, Paulo Retre, joined him. Within a minute, City had pointed out the mistake and with no advantage gained, both clubs were able to laugh the incident off.

UNDER PRESSURE

Jets boss Mark Jones could be facing his first major moment at the club. Three straight defeats and a long list of unavailable defenders headed by Boogaard means Newcastle head into this weekend's F3 derby with their tails between their legs. A point might feel like a win.

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