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A-League snapshot of round three

AAP logoAAP 23/10/2016 Emma Kemp

A SNAPSHOT OF ROUND THREE IN THE A-LEAGUE

THEY SAID IT:

"We saw good glimpses in the game against Victory, but today we saw glimpses that were not there. We can play very good football but if we're not connected, if we're not doing the things we have to do, then it becomes average." - Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip admits his star-studded outfit are still a work in progress after falling 3-2 at home to Perth.

STAT THAT MATTERS:

Nigel Boogaard's goal for Newcastle on Sunday was not only special because it kickstarted his team's comeback to draw 2-2 with Western Sydney, the Jets captain happened to score the 20,000th goal in the history of national league football dating back to the start of the NSL in 1977.

MAN OF THE ROUND:

Perth striker Andy Keogh rediscovered last season's zeal for the back of the net on Friday night, bagging a treble to give the Glory a well-deserved triumph over Melbourne City. The Irishman produced a masterful performance at AAMI Park in which he capitalised on a flat City defence to send his side second at the end of the round.

SAFEST HANDS:

He didn't keep a clean sheet but Jack Duncan made several fine saves to keep Newcastle in the game against Western Sydney and ensure that Boogaard and Andrew Hoole's late goals were enough for a valuable point on the road at Spotless Stadium. The 23-year-old's efforts including tipping a long-range bullet from Jumpei Kusukami over the crossbar.

CONTROVERSY CORNER:

Glory coach Kenny Lowe isn't sure where he'll be watching his next match from after being banished from the dugout in Friday night's famous defeat of City. Lowe's half-time blow-up with referee Alan Milliner could earn the ire of the match review panel, who may choose to sanction the 54-year-old for next weekend's trip to Brisbane.

UNDER PRESSURE:

Wellington coach Ernie Merrick must surely be feeling the heat after going a third round without a single point or goal to his side's name. The Phoenix may feel aggrieved to have been edged 1-0 by table-toppers Sydney given two tight offside calls denied them strong chances, but the New Zealand-based outfit were on the whole wasteful with their finishing and need to pick up against Melbourne Victory.

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