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A-League Round 15 hot and cold

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Roar Guru
19th January, 2020
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Let’s look into who performed and who under-performed in Round 15 of the A-League.

Hot

Brisbane Roar
The Roar have stepped up in 2020, going undefeated in all their games this year, and their win against the Phoenix makes it two wins from their last three matches. It may have taken a while, but Robbie Fowler has got his side playing good football and are now making a charge for the top six.

Western United
The week off looked to do United some good. Having suffered a loss to City, United had a week to regroup and come out all guns blazing, and did exactly that.

Perth Glory
Six wins in a row and quickly becoming the in-form team of the competition. In November of 2019, the Glory were sitting well outside the top six but have turned their season around and the likes of Diego Castro and Bruno Fornaroli are priming at the right time of the season.

Diego Castro

(AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

Cold

Andrew Nabbout
His signing was met with excitement, but his season has been disappointing. Nabbout gets into promising chances and has a lot of shots per game but fails to hit the target on many occasions, and Friday night was a prime example of this. Nabbout failed to take all his gettable chances and needs to start finding the back of the net if he’s going to be worth the investment.

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Newcastle Jets
It’s been the season from hell for the Jets, and it continues to get worse. Since the sacking of Ernie Merrick, the Jets have failed to find that spark that teams normally do after a coach’s departure. On the pitch the Jets don’t look like they’re getting any better and were once again outplayed on the weekend.

Western Sydney Wanderers
The loss against the Glory makes it three losses in a row. Once again, they didn’t perform at their new home ground and with the mounting poor results, it’s looking more imminent that Markus Babbel’s days as coach are numbered.