"That's definitely the worst I've seen the team play ... there was nothing positive out of today, nothing positive at all. The only positive thing is we can get better from today's performance because there was nothing good about that."
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A SNAPSHOT OF ROUND TWO IN THE A-LEAGUE
THEY SAID IT
"That's definitely the worst I've seen the team play ... there was nothing positive out of today, nothing positive at all. The only positive thing is we can get better from today's performance because there was nothing good about that." - Brisbane coach John Aloisi lambasts his team for their 4-0 drubbing by Newcastle.
STAT THAT MATTERS
It took a grand-final rematch to get it done, but Western Sydney's 2-1 defeat of reigning champions Adelaide is the Wanderers' first victory in the opening two rounds since the club's inception in 2012. Before Friday night, Tony Popovic's men had won just once in the first three rounds.
MAN OF THE ROUND
This could go to no other man than Tim Cahill, who had plenty of soccer lovers around the globe in raptures over his stunning 35m half-volley on debut for Melbourne City. Cahill described the wonder strike as being "up there" among the best goals of his career. Football Federation Australia officials, meanwhile , would have been rubbing their hands together after the face of this season's marketing campaign somehow exceeded enormous expectations.
Liam Reddy was reliable throughout Perth's 2-0 win over Wellington but none more so than when he sensationally stopped Roy Krishna from point-blank range, tipping the Fijian's header over the crossbar.
Western Sydney striker Brendon Santalab was lucky to be on the pitch when he scored his injury-time winner against Adelaide. The Wanderers super-sub laid a crunching challenge on Reds midfielder James Holland which was strong enough to earn him a red card instead of the yellow he copped from referee Shaun Evans.
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat needs to turn things around quickly if he wants his 2014-15 champions to keep their status as Victoria's top dogs. In a self-described "embarrassing" derby display, Muscat's Victory lacked cohesion and, above all, spirit in their 4-1 capitulation to a ruthless Melbourne City. Can they make amends in Adelaide next weekend?