Everything still at stake after a tense third Sydney Derby

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    It may have been the hottest ticket in town, but the third Sydney Derby couldn’t deliver what the respective teams and their supporters came for: a win and three points.

    With Western Sydney Wanderers wanting to get their hands on the Premiers plate, and Sydney FC fighting to seal a spot in the finals, the one-all draw keeps aspirations alive for both teams.

    In many ways, it was the right result, maintaining the status quo right up until the final chapter of this most tight and thrilling of regular seasons.

    If the Central Coast Mariners take all three points in Adelaide today, then the Wanderers premiership fate will be decided on Good Friday, away to a desperate Newcastle Jets.

    With injuries and suspensions hitting the Wanderers at the wrong end of season, and the re-signed Shinji Ono joining the list last night with what looked like a strained groin, that won’t be the easiest of tasks.

    Certainly though they will have a travelling band of passionate fans make another trip up the F3 to lend their voice and support.

    In all likelihood, the travelling Red and Black Bloc will be more intimidating than the one assembled at Wanderland last night, where they were often drowned-out by the travelling Cove.

    With tickets to the blockbuster selling out in a matter of minutes, and the interest in the RBB and Wanderers growing more rapidly by the day, there’s no doubt there was an element of the theatre-goer among the Wanderland masses last night.

    It meant that a significant number of regulars at Wanderland and Allianz missed out in the mad rush and had to make do with a seat in front of the box.

    It’s an inevitability of the success the Wanderers been in their inaugural season, and the interest generated by Alessandro Del Piero.

    Everyone, it seems, wants a piece of the Wanderers and Del Piero.

    One gent I bumped into pre-game admitted he’d never been to an A-League game before and, after scoring a ticket in the online rush, was there to see what all the fuss was about.

    Even from a couple of regular members of the RBB I heard a few complaints post-match about the number of more casual fans, perhaps not versed in the ways of active support, that had scored a spot in the northern terrace.

    The growth of the RBB has made it difficult for those organising it to control it, and the recent tensions with the FFA, police and Parramatta Stadium have only made things more difficult to manage.

    In the meantime though, both Tony Popovic and Frank Farina will be searching for the right solutions ahead of next week’s games against the Jets and Brisbane Roar respectively.

    There have certainly been a few better signs from Farina’s men in the past fortnight, with finally starting to gel and take some shape.

    Up until his send off for going into a tackle with his studs showing, there Brett Emerton was settling in well into a role in the centre of midfield.

    Certainly his physical presence and drive have helped.

    Now Farina has to start again. It’s been that kind of season for Sydney.

    But their more compact defensive structure and higher defensive line appears to at least be giving them a chance.

    It looks a foundation that at least gives them a chance of taking all three points in Brisbane on Thursday and causing the odd upset if they can make the finals.

    Even when they went down to 10 men and with Del Piero dropping deeper alongside Peter Triantis, to make it a 4-4-1, Sydney were able to remain structurally disciplined.

    The pity is it was their on-field discipline that let them down.

    Against a Wanderers outfit that was clearly missing a number of key players in Youssouf Hersi, Jerome Polenz, Michael Beauchamp and Aaron Mooy, Sydney controlled good parts of the match, particularly early, even if they still rely on Del Piero for much of their goal-threat.

    The Wanderers, meanwhile, may even seal the Premiership tonight if Adelaide can do them a favour.

    If they don’t, they will go to Newcastle on the back of an 11 game undefeated run that should at least give them enough belief to get the point (or win) they need.

    But there’s no doubt, throughout March, as injuries and suspensions have hit, that their form has dipped from their lofty standards set in January and February.

    Certainly much of their success has centred around having Ono and Hersi fit and able to influence, and that will be the focus in the next couple of weeks.

    In the tightest of seasons, it was ultimately no surprise to come away from the third Sydney Derby with everything still at stake.

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    • March 24th 2013 @ 11:18am
      emile said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:18am | ! Report

      The question of flogs in the NT needs to be sorted out as soon as possible. Too many poseurs, last night. Did myself raw trying to get them involved.

      • Roar Guru

        March 24th 2013 @ 11:34am
        NUFCMVFC said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        Welcome to the A League, MVFC active ends and I’m sure quite a few others have had this issue for years. It comes with the territory unfortunately. South End in particular seems to struggle a bit at AAMI park at the moment

    • March 24th 2013 @ 11:28am
      Swampy said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      You goose.

      This is what we want – casual supporters joining the terraces and subsequently becoming regular attendees.

      How on earth will the game grow otherwise.

      People talk up how the wanderers will play in front of 40k or 60k before long. With supporters like yourself around I doubt this could ever happen.

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      • March 24th 2013 @ 2:21pm
        emile said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

        Active support, by its very nature, is contingent upon proactive ACTIVITY. The disgraceful anti-social conduct of many flogs last night, is beyond the pail. I would think this would be simple enough to understand.

        • March 24th 2013 @ 2:31pm
          dasilva said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:31pm | ! Report


          Why should people be obligated to give active support.

          Some people just wants to attend the match and attentatively watch and enjoy the game on it’s football. Surely concentrating purely on the football shows committment on the game

          I’m happy for people to give active support but it’s not an obligation on everyone or every individual

          • March 24th 2013 @ 2:51pm
            emile said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

            If you purchase tickets in the active support area, you should consider yourself under an obligation to sing and chant. It says so right on the ticket. It’s the quintessential free rider problem. They wish to enjoy the atmosphere without contributing to it.

            Sit anywhere else and I don’t mind what you do. Read a book, watch the game, I don’t care.

            • March 24th 2013 @ 3:43pm
              Football United said | March 24th 2013 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

              This, if you buy a ticket in the ACTIVE AREA, it is (quite bluntly) a case of “sing or f*** off”. If it’s not for you sit ANYWHERE else in the stadium.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 4:31pm
                Simmo said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

                Just don’t bring them into the away section. We had some fools bring their wanderers mates into the Sky Blue part of the stadium. Very unwise.

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 4:55pm
                Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

                I’m at the Roar and there are plenty that ruin the active support. It tarnishes what the active area is about – CREATING ATMOSPHERE!
                Bugga off!

    • March 24th 2013 @ 11:29am
      Realfootball said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:29am | ! Report

      Sellout, drama, everything – but still not enough to rate a banner on the Telegraph and SMH sports sections where it’s all NRL and rugby.


      • Roar Guru

        March 24th 2013 @ 11:35am
        Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        That’s ridiculous!!

      • March 24th 2013 @ 11:43am
        Realfootball said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        I meant online sports sections – no idea what the print versions have done.

        Bias is alive and well.

        Anyone know the tv ratings for the game?

        • March 24th 2013 @ 12:22pm
          Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

          Saturday Pay TV Ratings –

          #NRLsydbri : 286k
          #NRLgldman : 283k

          #AFLfreoeagles : 252k

          #IndvAus : 146k

          #REDvBUL : 108k
          #FORvCHE : 72k

          #Sydneyderby : 93k
          #MVvPG : 63k

          • Roar Guru

            March 24th 2013 @ 12:25pm
            Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report


            Would you mind pointing me in the direction of these numbers. I always struggle to find them.

            • March 24th 2013 @ 12:34pm
              Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:34pm | ! Report


              sure mate, are u on twitter ?
              If u are then follow @mediaweekaus

              otherwise u will have to wait till monday to get weekend Pay tv ratings on different TV sites

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 12:38pm
                Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

                Yeah i’m on twitter. Cheers for that 🙂

          • March 24th 2013 @ 1:21pm
            Realfootball said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            93k is very disappointing. Naively, I was hoping for over 120k.

            We really are dwarfed by NRL in tvland, aren’t we?

            • Roar Guru

              March 24th 2013 @ 1:25pm
              Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

              Why would you expect 120k for the Sydney Derby?

              With every sporting code offering LIVE broadcasts on Foxtel last night, we can safely assume the people who tuned in to each sporting event were loyal fans; not channel-surfing sports fan looking for something to watch.

              That is, I’d assume loyal AFL fans, who also like HAL, or NRL, or cricket, or Rugby … would have tuned in to watch the AFL match. Same for cricket fans, HAL fans, NRL fans & Rugby fans.

              With all sports being showcased last night, there would be little cross-over from loyal fans of a particular code. If they did cross over, by definition, they can’t really be that loyal.

              So, I reckon 90-100k is fantastic if that represents the quantum of loyal A-League fans on FoxSports. As an MVFC fan, I only got home to watch the last 30 minutes of the match, so with 16k people at MVFC’s match, perhaps, we could add an additional 3-5k viewers to the 93k figure.

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 1:34pm
                Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

                He said “naively”.

                Give it a break Fuss!! People aren’t always loyal to a brand but sometimes a team!! I watched the derby mainly last night and victory vs glory, but I changed channel to check out scores for titans vs manly and roosters vs Broncos. I support none of those A-league teams. I support Brisbane Roar and I support Brisbane Broncos.

                I’m no channel surfer and stop trying to take pot shots at people. Unacceptable what you said to Langou the other day!!

              • March 24th 2013 @ 2:02pm
                Australian Rules said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

                Kellet, would u honestly expect anything different?

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                March 24th 2013 @ 2:49pm
                langou said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

                Cheers Kellett, I was like you and remained loyal to my teams. I went to the Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory match and then straight to the pub to watch the Freo Dockers vs WCE game. Got to see both my football teams win!!

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 5:29pm
                Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:29pm | ! Report


                Why do I bother? Stuffs me!

            • March 24th 2013 @ 1:36pm
              Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

              A-league was never going to get anything above 100k

              it actually did pretty well in the end to get 93k

              i was actually surprised by both Aleague & Super Rugby.

              They both did better than expected going up against AFL,NRL & Crickett

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 1:57pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

                If you study the A-League market on FoxSports you shouldn’t be surprised by 93k for the Sydney Derby.

                Based on my analysis, the figures last night are a true reflection of the real viewing audience for each sport on Foxtel.

                From my analysis, Cricket is the biggest loser when multiple sports are broadcast on FoxSports since Cricket relies heavily on AFL, NRL & Rugby fans tuning in when their preferred sport is in the off-season.

                But, these AFL, NRL & Rugby fans will always choose their No. 1 sport over cricket.

                So, based on these assumptions (& adding 10% to account for people who attend the match or watch on delay due to other commitments) I would profile the Sports viewing audience across Foxtel subscribers as

                NRL: 300k
                AFL: 270k
                Cricket: 160k
                Rugby: 120k
                HAL: 100k

                Total FoxSports viewers: ~1million

            • March 24th 2013 @ 2:27pm
              Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

              can’t say i agree with those figures, Fuss

              u grossly over-estimate both AFL & Aleague

              and cricket is mainly a FTA tv sport.cricket doesn’t really fit into your comparison

              would have loved to see how BBL(T20 cricket) wld have gone against the footy codes instead of test cricket on Fox Sports (Pay tv)

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 4:52pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:52pm | ! Report


                I’m specifically talking about the Foxtel customer market. I’m not referring to FTA Tv.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 5:27pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

                yeah i know u were talking abt pay tv

                but thats what i was trying to
                explain to u.
                Cricket isn’t really a pay tv
                product so it shouldn’t have
                been in your comparison

                though the BBL might change
                that a few yrs down the line

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 5:49pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:49pm | ! Report


                “Cricket isn’t really a pay tv product”

                Haven’t you been on this very forum boasting about Cricket’s massive PayTv ratings?

                We know – beyond dispute

                1. Cricket achieves very high ratings on PayTV when there is no competition from AFL, NRL or SuperRugby
                2. Cricket achieved much more modest ratings last night on PayTV when there was competition from AFL, NRL & SuperRugby

              • March 24th 2013 @ 6:21pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:21pm | ! Report


                ok maybe i wasn’t clear enough.

                I should have said – Test cricket (even Odi’s) aren’t really a Pay tv product
                hope that clears it up.

                And i have never boasted abdout International cricket’s Pay tv ratings.

                Its BBL thats gets the monster ratings for cricket on pay tv . That was my point.

                Maybe Fuss u should read others posts carefully next time

              • March 24th 2013 @ 6:25pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

                ” We know – beyond dispute

                1. Cricket achieves very high
                ratings on PayTV when there is
                no competition from AFL, NRL
                or SuperRugby ”

                Any actual facts/figures to back this claim, Fuss ?

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 6:33pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:33pm | ! Report


                Are you suggesting that traditional Cricket fans actively reject T/20 cricket, so the fans at BBL are all new fans?

                This is the 1st time anyone has suggested this. From what I’ve read, T/20 is meant to introduce NEW fans, not to turn away existing fans.

                Something smells fishy … but, keep thinking of new excuses for Cricket’s poor PayTv ratings when it competes with AFL, NRL & Rugby

              • March 24th 2013 @ 6:53pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

                ” Are you suggesting that
                traditional Cricket fans actively reject T/20 cricket, so the fans at BBL are all new fans?

                This is the 1st time anyone has suggested this. ”

                1st time u have heard it ?
                What ?

                Ha,ha . Hey Fuss have u been living under a rock or something for the past 5 yrs ?
                Traditional Test purists absolutely despise T20 like a plague. Thats common knowledge

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 11:30pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:30pm | ! Report


                So, you agree the new fans, who are drawn to T/20 cricket, are predominantly AFL, NRL & Rugby fans, who have nothing to watch during the summer?

                That’s why we can reasonably assume the core viewers on FoxSports for each code is similar to the numbers achieved last night.

                Last night each sports fan, who subscribes to FoxSports, had the option to view 5 sports & we can assume the rational & loyal fans chose to watch their No.1 sport.

            • Roar Guru

              March 24th 2013 @ 2:51pm
              langou said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

              Thats the answer to the question on why it didn’t ‘rate a banner on the Telegraph and SMH sports sections’

              • March 24th 2013 @ 3:05pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

                who are u replying to langnou ?

                Replies often get mixed up on the Roar

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 3:16pm
                Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 3:16pm | ! Report


                I believe he is replying to real football.

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 4:11pm
                langou said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

                Sorry Tenash,
                That was a bit confusing, I was replying to Real Football saying that the interest in the game still doesn’t compare to that of other sports as demonstrated by those TV ratings

                What it does show is how brilliant A-League fans are for constantly punching above their weight when it comes to attendances at the grounds

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 4:55pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

                “What it does show is how brilliant A-League fans are for constantly punching above their weight when it comes to attendances at the grounds”

                Or, the alternative view is ..

                … what it does show is how poorly Mainstream Media cover A-League, even when crowds are attending the events in good numbers.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 5:17pm
                Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:17pm | ! Report


                i don’t think the media cares
                about how many people
                attend the game.all they care
                about is how many hits diff.
                sports generate for their

                i.e this week more people
                have attended Aleague than
                NRL but the media sites might get more views/comments for
                NRL articles

                the media orgs. are
                commercial entities & they will look after their own interests/profits

              • March 24th 2013 @ 7:58pm
                Titus said | March 24th 2013 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

                I thought the Channel 9 coverage was quite good, they had the number of people arrested (2), I don’t think they even do that for NRL and AFL…..and they specifically made mention of a vilolent soccer brawl that involved fans chanting “who are ya” at each other…….really can’t complain about 9’s coverage.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 9:43pm
                Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | March 24th 2013 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

                Channel 7 were on the ball too,apparently there was 15,000 not 19,585 at the game if they are to be believed.They did however correctly report that WSW were indeed playing Sydney fc so there is hope.

          • Roar Guru

            March 24th 2013 @ 1:21pm
            Cameron Kellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            Highest attendance:
            AFL – Freemantle vs west coast: 39,629
            Union – Reds vs Bulls: 28,399
            HAL – Wsw vs SFC: 19,585
            HAL – MVFC vs Pgfc: 16,839
            NRL – Titans vs Manly: 13,186
            NRL – Roosters vs Broncos: 13,047
            Union – Force vs Cheetahs: 12,784 (revamped NIB)

            Seems as though Rugby League supporters are becoming lazy and A-league fans are turning up. Might I point out the A-league was achieving great attendances still in round 3. NRL has already nose dived. Before rugby league supporters ridicule me. I support League as well and recently an article was written by a fellow league supporter questioning why people aren’t turning up but insist on staying home. Fantastic work A-League.

            • March 24th 2013 @ 10:15pm
              clipper said | March 24th 2013 @ 10:15pm | ! Report

              I think the NRL will be relived when the Football season finishes – it’s definitely having an effect in Sydney

        • March 24th 2013 @ 12:23pm
          Australian Rules said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

          Will it be more than MBV-v-SFC? 98k?

          • March 24th 2013 @ 12:38pm
            Tenash said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report


            hey i have posted Saturday’s ratings for all sports above.

            • March 24th 2013 @ 1:55pm
              Australian Rules said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

              Yeah saw that, cheers

            • March 24th 2013 @ 3:49pm
              Brewski said | March 24th 2013 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

              Adelaide V Essendon rated around 1.2million 247k on fox, 566k on 7 and 155k on 7 mate ( 5 cities) and 230k in regional Aus

              Freo V Eagles at this stage … 252k on fox and and at this stage 161k on 7mate in Perth (yes that is correct ..7mate)


              • March 24th 2013 @ 4:27pm
                Monopoly Man said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

                I understand they put the first game of the season on 7mate in Perth because it was live on subsequently at 4:30 but why on earth was the derby on 7mate?!?

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 4:59pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:59pm | ! Report


                FTA TV, AFL: Crows v Bombers
                SYD: 24k
                BRI: 40k

                This is for the season opening match, broadcast free into every home in SYD & BRI & in prime time!

                I think advertisers on Seven Network would consider these figures shocking in the biggest & 3rd biggest consumer markets in AUS.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 5:19pm
                Australian Rules said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

                You posted that exact post yesterday.

                And the answer is still the same…considering there was no Sydney or Brisbane team playing, it’s not a surprise at all. 1M+ viewers for that game is still ok.

                By comparison, the Aleague’s biggest club drew a smidgen over 60k viewers for it’s game.

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 5:52pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:52pm | ! Report


                Fair enough. I would have thought the opening match of the season – in any sport – would be one of the “must see matches” for any fan of the underlying sport – it has nothing to do with allegiance to the teams participating.

                But, maybe, the passion for AFL in SYD & BRI is only reserved for their clubs. This would explain the poor interest in the underlying sport & why no one wants to play.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 7:20pm
                Ian Whitchurch said | March 24th 2013 @ 7:20pm | ! Report


                Thats why the AFL wrote into the contract that the networks *have to* show even games expected to be low rating … pay TV to make money, FTA to grow the code.

              • March 24th 2013 @ 8:33pm
                Australian Rules said | March 24th 2013 @ 8:33pm | ! Report


                Given the Swans have the biggest crowds of any sporting club in Sydney, and solid ratings throughout the year, I don’t think “poor interest” is how I’d describe it.

                I mean if *that’s* true, with the Swans’ figures (and the Lions for that matter), what does that say about interest for the ALeague clubs?

              • Roar Guru

                March 24th 2013 @ 11:22pm
                Fussball ist unser leben said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:22pm | ! Report

                So, it’s good to know the ARF community has set the standard for FTA TV ratings in SYD & BRI …

                As long as A-League matches next season, LIVE on SBS TV, rate higher than
                SYD: 24k
                BRI: 40k

                we can expect no derisionary comments from the ARFers.

                Looks like we won’t be hearing much from the ARFers next season!

              • March 25th 2013 @ 8:52am
                Australian Rules said | March 25th 2013 @ 8:52am | ! Report

                That’s just it though… I don’t bag the ALeague for its TV ratings. I like the sport and think the domestic comp is doing well.

                It was *you* that ridiculed the AFL for its ratings in Sydney for a non-Sydney game.

                stay on the war footing ol’ chap.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 9:50pm
        JAJI said | March 24th 2013 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

        Sun Herald back page has Del Piero – what you referring to?

    • March 24th 2013 @ 11:32am
      mwm said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:32am | ! Report

      This was the first time i really studied ADP on the park…and my view is that class is permanent. He ran rings around players almost more than 15 years younger than him. When he didn’t have the ball you could see he was always looking around for his place in the line and how to make a tactical advantage.

      His goal…was the mark of a man who had been around long enough to know fullbacks make mistakes like Topor – Stanley made, and he pounced with cunning and with an acute angle shot.

      Sydney FC should of won that game as they dominated for long stretches…the Wanderers look a bit flat and frightened by the moment of winning the league.

      Also you can never win in a modern game playing a 4 4 2 in attack. I thought both sides would of known that. Most attempts at goal by the forwards were simply double team by the fullbacks.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 11:42am
        Realfootball said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        I didn’t think Wanderers looked flat – I thought they looked like a team missing 6 out of 10 first 11 starting players, including their three most influential players – Hersi, Ono and Mooy.

        Under the circumstances, I thought it was an impressive performance.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 4:44pm
        fadida said | March 24th 2013 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

        Agree re 442. A good 433 will beat a good 442, as you naturally create numbers-up in your favour. Lots of 2v1’s in attack and defence

        • March 26th 2013 @ 1:31am
          kylesy sky blues fan said | March 26th 2013 @ 1:31am | ! Report

          I have to disagree there, 442 can make better use of width and if you have alot of pace out wide and up front you can take out 2 players with one pass easily. If you play different strengths well you can always find holes in all systems, that’s why football is so fantastic – it can be played on a million different levels, from individual skill to tactics to positioning to passing to goalkeeper brilliance, it’s just breathtaking.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 12:10pm
      Mic said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

      Will be very interesting to see how WSW go if they have to make do with Polenz, Moy, Ono etc

      And it is going to be a damn shame if Del Piero isn’t involved in at least one knock out semi. Really need MH to do us a favour.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 12:15pm
      c said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

      i believe that aufc will defeat ccm today 🙂

      • March 24th 2013 @ 10:22pm
        c said | March 24th 2013 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

        ok i was wrrrrrrong ccm were good we are @#$%

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