Let’s take a look at who performed and who didn’t in Round 7 of the 2019/20 A-League season.
Yeboah played his best game of the season for his new club in Round 7. Having three shots inside the box, two of which resulted in goals, demonstrates his ability to get into attacking positions and finish chances. The goals he scored came in important moments – the opening goal of the game and the score to bring his side level. The Wanderers will hope to see a repeat of this performance.
He has been practically unstoppable this season and continued his dominant performance with two goals. Like Yeboah, Maclaren scored in critical moments of the game – his goal from the penalty spot levelled the game was followed by the injury-time winner. He takes his season tally to nine goals, with a scoring average of 2.3 goals per game. He is en route to break the goal-scoring record for a single season in the A-League.
After making headlines during the week for all the wrong reasons, McGree is now making them for the right reasons after his Round 7 performance, scoring two goals from his four shots and completing 82 per cent of passes (23/28) including three key passes. McGree was a presence in attack and is putting the rest of the league on notice.
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The penalty that his team gave away can be described as dubious at best, so it can be understood why Wanderers manager Markus Babbel was not impressed by the decision that he felt cost his side the game. However, his performance in the press conference left a lot to be desired when pressed on the issue, responding: “This a serious question? Serious question? F***’s sake. No comment.” He also further stated to the reporter: “You have two eyes. Do you understand the game a bit? F***ing have a look.” It didn’t portray Babbel in the best light and doesn’t demonstrate the right way to go about the loss.
The Victory’s midfield has under-performed this season, and Basha is one of the outstanding under-performing midfielders. He spends a lot of time on the ball but doesn’t have an impact when in possession, and his own goal that he netted only a minute after his side scored to get back into the game capped off what was a disappointing performance.
Round 7 was a chance to get some sort of vengeance from their disappointing grand final loss in the rematch against Sydney FC. Perth dominated possession and had an extra ten shots on goal, yet the Glory were not clinical in front of goal, whereas Sydney FC took full advantage of their limited opportunities. The Glory will be ruing missed chances and will have to until Round 23 to redeem themselves against Sydney FC.
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