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A-League Round 18 hot and cold

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Roar Guru
12th February, 2020
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A look into who performed and who under-performed in Round 18 of the A-League.

Hot

Florin Berenguer
He was an attacking influence throughout the game for his team. He scored the opening goal inside ten minutes to set the tone for his side in the derby, then delivered a clever back heel in the second half to set up Jamie Maclaren’s goal. He exposed the Melbourne Victory defence on several occasion in a man-of-the-match performance.

Brisbane Roar
They won their first game of 2020 and haven’t looked back. Brisbane have learnt how to win. Earlier in the season Brisbane failed to take their chances, but in their clash against Adelaide they took all their chances and rallied hard to come back from behind to take all three points. The team fights until the end, looks cohesive and is now reaping the rewards as they currently sit inside the top six.

Dimitri Petratos
He was a match-winner for the Jets in their clash against the Mariners, scoring two and assisting others. He scored the opening goal of the game and then scored the go-ahead goal in the second half. It was an inspirational performance and he stood up for his side.

Dimitri Petratos

(AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

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Cold

Central Coast Mariners
There was only one major poor stand-out from Round 18, and that’s the Central Coast Mariners. They were outplayed on the weekend to last-placed Newcastle, conceding four goals in the process. If it wasn’t for goal difference the Mariners would be at the bottom of the table. Having been the whipping boys of the competition for the past couple of seasons, the once-successful side continues to decline.