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Snapshot of A-League round five

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016 Vince Rugari

A SNAPSHOT OF ROUND FIVE IN THE A-LEAGUE

THEY SAID IT:

"The boys put in an unbelievable shift and lost. I am struggling to come to terms with it. I can't understand how we didn't even win, let alone lose. It's a bitter pill to swallow now. We were the better team." - Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was taking the positives out of their 2-1 defeat to Sydney FC.

STAT THAT MATTERS:

It would have been unimaginable under Ange Postecoglou. Brisbane Roar had just 40 per cent of possession on Friday night against Melbourne City, relying on a counter-attacking gameplan to deliver them a richly deserved 1-0 win. Coach John Aloisi defended the surprising move away from their usual home tactics of ball domination, saying it was the "smart" thing to do.

MAN OF THE ROUND:

For a bloke who's barely played in the last 18 months, Luke DeVere looks like he's hardly missed a beat. The Brisbane Roar centre-back probably still has City strikers Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill in his pocket. If he keeps this form up and his body agrees with him, don't be surprised to see him in Socceroos calculations come March.

SAFEST HANDS:

Melbourne City might have gone down to the Roar but it would have been by more than just the one goal were it not for the goalmouth heroics of Dean Bouzanis. He stopped three shots but made a string of other important intercepts and interventions to keep Brisbane's hungry attackers at bay.

CONTROVERSY CORNER:

David Carney's matchwinning goal against Melbourne Victory was an instant talking point. The Sydney FC veteran clearly used his arm as he controlled the ball before letting it fall to his feet. Referee Chris Beath deemed that his arm was in a natural position and not in motion, thus allowing the score to stand. It left Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat incensed.

UNDER PRESSURE:

After letting a 1-0 lead slip at home to the Central Coast Mariners, Adelaide United are the only team left in the competition without a win. Coach Guillermo Amor isn't the type to use injuries as an excuse but the Spaniard needs to find a way to wake the champions up from their funk and restore their usual rhythm before the likes of runaway leaders Sydney get too far away.

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